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Marilyn Monroe - Three Great Performances

30 May 2012








Norma Jeane Mortensen Baker (June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962), professionally recognized as Marilyn Monroe, was an American actress, model, and singer, who became a major sex symbol, starring in a number of commercially successful motion pictures during the 1950s and early 1960s.
After spending much of her childhood in foster homes, Monroe began a career as a model, which led to a film contract in 1946 with Twentieth Century-Fox. Her early film appearances were minor, but her performances in The Asphalt Jungle and All About Eve (both 1950) drew attention to her. By 1953, Monroe had progressed to a leading role in Niagara (1953), a melodramatic film noir that dwelt on her seductiveness. Her "dumb blonde" persona was used to comic effect in subsequent films such as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) and The Seven Year Itch (1955). Limited by typecasting, Monroe studied at the Actors Studio to broaden her range. Her dramatic performance in Bus Stop (1956) was hailed by critics and garnered a Golden Globe nomination. Her production company, Marilyn Monroe Productions, released The Prince and the Showgirl (1957), for which she received a BAFTA Award nomination and won a David di Donatello award. She received a Golden Globe Award for her performance in Some Like It Hot (1959). Monroe's last completed film was The Misfits, co-starring Clark Gable with screenplay by her then-husband, Arthur Miller.
The final years of Monroe's life were marked by illness, personal problems, and a reputation for unreliability and being difficult to work with. The circumstances of her death, from an overdose of barbiturates, have been the subject of conjecture. Though officially classified as a "probable suicide", the possibility of an accidental overdose, as well as of homicide, have not been ruled out. In 1999, Monroe was ranked as the sixth greatest female star of all time by the American Film Institute. In the decades following her death, she has often been cited as both a pop and a cultural icon as well as the quintessential American sex symbol.

On August 5, 1962, LAPD police sergeant Jack Clemmons received a call at 4:25 am from Dr. Ralph Greenson, Monroe's psychiatrist, proclaiming that Monroe was found dead at her home in Brentwood, Los Angeles, California. She was 36 years old. At the subsequent autopsy, eight milligram per cent of chloral hydrate and 4.5 milligram percent of Nembutal were found in her system, and Dr. Thomas Noguchi of the Los Angeles County Coroners office recorded cause of death as "acute barbiturate poisoning", resulting from a "probable suicide". Many theories, including murder, circulated about the circumstances of her death and the timeline after the body was found. Some conspiracy theories involved John and Robert Kennedy, while other theories suggested CIA or Mafia complicity. It was reported that the last person Monroe called was the President. There is So Much Info On Marilyn To Much To List Here But She Was A Great Talent.

Marilyn Monroe

Portrait by Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1953
BornNorma Jeane Mortenson
June 1, 1926
Los AngelesCalifornia, United States
DiedAugust 5, 1962 (aged 36)
Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, United States
Cause of deathBarbiturate overdose
Resting placeWestwood Village Memorial Park CemeteryWestwood, Los Angeles
Other namesNorma Jeane Baker
Norma Jeane Dougherty
Norma Jeane DiMaggio
OccupationActressmodelsingerfilm producer
Years active1947–1962
Notable work(s)NiagaraGentlemen Prefer BlondesRiver of No Return,The Seven Year ItchSome Like It HotThe Misfits
ReligionPentecostal (1926–1956),
Judaism (1956–1962)
Spouse
James Dougherty (m. 1942–1946) (divorced)
Joe DiMaggio (m. 1954–1954)(divorced)
Arthur Miller (m. 1956–1961)(divorced)
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