- She was an American actress and model
||The Blonde Bombshell, MM
|How tall was Marilyn Monroe?
||166 cm / 5 ft 6 in
|| 53 kg / 117 lbs
|When was Marilyn Monroe born?
||01 June 1926
|When did Marilyn Monroe die? / Died
||05 August 1962
|How many years did Marilyn Monroe live? / Lived
|Where was Marilyn Monroe born?
||Los Angeles, California, USA
|Where did Marilyn Monroe die? / Deathplace
||Brentwood, Los Angeles, US
Net worth 2020 (estimated)
|How much does Marilyn Monroe worth?
Who was Marilyn Monroe? / Facts
- Famous for playing "dumb blonde" characters, she became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s, emblematic of the era's attitudes towards sexuality
- Although she was a top-billed actress for only a decade, her films grossed $200 million by the time of her unexpected death in 1962
- She continues to be considered a major popular culture icon
- Born and raised in Los Angeles, Monroe spent most of her childhood in foster homes and an orphanage and married for the first time at the age of sixteen
- While working in a factory as part of the war effort in 1944, she met a photographer and began a successful pin-up modeling career
- The work led to short-lived film contracts with Twentieth Century-Fox (1946–47) and Columbia Pictures (1948)
- After a series of minor film roles, she signed a new contract with Fox in 1951
- Over the next two years, she became a popular actress with roles in several comedies, including As Young as You Feel and Monkey Business, and in the dramas Clash by Night and Don't Bother to Knock
- Monroe faced a scandal when it was revealed that she had posed for nude photos before becoming a star, but rather than damaging her career, the story increased interest in her films
- By 1953, Monroe was one of the most marketable Hollywood stars, with leading roles in three films: the noir Niagara, which focused on her sex appeal, and the comedies Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and How to Marry a Millionaire, which established her star image as a "dumb blonde"
- Although she played a significant role in the creation and management of her public image throughout her career, she was disappointed at being typecast and underpaid by the studio
- She was briefly suspended in early 1954 for refusing a film project, but returned to star in one of the biggest box office successes of her career, The Seven Year Itch (1955)
- When the studio was still reluctant to change her contract, Monroe founded a film production company in late 1954, Marilyn Monroe Productions (MMP)
- She dedicated 1955 to building her company and began studying method acting at the Actors Studio
- In late 1955, Fox awarded her a new contract, which gave her more control and a larger salary
- After a critically acclaimed performance in Bus Stop (1956) and acting in the first independent production of MMP, The Prince and the Showgirl (1957), she won a Golden Globe for Best Actress for Some Like It Hot (1959)
- Her last completed film was the drama The Misfits (1961)
- Monroe's troubled private life received much attention
- She struggled with addiction, depression, and anxiety
- She had two highly publicized marriages, to baseball player Joe DiMaggio and playwright Arthur Miller, which both ended in divorce
- She died at the age of 36 on August 5, 1962 from an overdose of barbiturates at her home in Los Angeles
- Although the death was ruled a probable suicide, several conspiracy theories have been proposed in the decades following her death
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