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Marilyn Monroe, (2 June 1926 - 5 August 1962) was an American actress, singer, and model. She starred in several movies during the 1950s and early 1960s.
Early life[edit | edit source]
Monroe was born on June 1, 1926 in Los Angeles, California as Norma Jeane Mortenson. Monroe obtained an order from the City Court of the State of New York, and legally changed her name to Marilyn Monroe on February 23, 1956.
Personal life[edit | edit source]
Marilyn Monroe had three husbands: policeman James Dougherty (m. 1942; div. 1946), baseball player Joe DiMaggio (m. 1954; div. 1954), and playwright Arthur Miller (m. 1956; div. 1961). Monroe never gave birth to any children during her lifetime.
Movie career[edit | edit source]
Monroe studied at the Actors Studio to become a better actress. Monroe acted in the movie Bus Stop in 1956. She got a Golden Globe nomination for her role. Monroe had her own movie production company called Marilyn Monroe Productions. Monroe's movies include Niagara, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, River of No Return, The Seven Year Itch, Some Like It Hot, and The Misfits. Monroe's last film role was in The Misfits in 1961. She co-starred with Clark Gable. The screenplay was written by her husband, Arthur Miller.
Awards[edit | edit source]
Monroe got a BAFTA Award nomination for her role in The Prince and the Showgirl in 1957. She also won a David di Donatello award. Marilyn Monroe won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy in 1960 for Some Like It Hot. She also won two Golden Globe Awards for World Film Favorite: Female in 1953 and 1962.
Later life[edit | edit source]
Monroe died on 5 August 1962 in Los Angeles. The last years of Monroe's life were filled with illness and personal problems. It was reported that she died from an overdose of barbiturates. This report has been disputed over the years since her death. Her death was noted as a "probable suicide". The chance of an accidental overdose or a homicide have not been ruled out.
References[edit | edit source]
Other websites[edit | edit source]
- Marilyn Monroe at Find A Grave
- Galleries: Marilyn Monroe: Life and Times & Early Photos, 1950 —Life magazine
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