August 14, 2022
Marilyn Monroe, real name Norma Jeane Mortenson, (June 1, 1926 Los Angeles, California – August 5, 1962 Brentwood, Los Angeles) was an American film actress, model, singer and producer. She spent most of her childhood in foster care and an orphanage, then signed a contract with Twentieth Century Fox in 1946 and began modeling. The role in the film Asphalt Jungle (1950) brought her her first success. This was followed by a lead role in the melodrama Don't Bother Knocking (1952) alongside Richard Widmark and also a lead role in the film noir Niagara. She then became the representative of the classic "silly blondes" whose naive behavior leads to comical situations in How to Marry a Millionaire, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and The Straw Widow. In the following years, she tried to break out of the box of a sex symbol on the screen, as she showed in the film Bus Stop (1956). In her own production, she then created the lead role alongside Laurence Olivier in the film The Prince and the Dancer (1957), for which she received the David di Donatello Award. She won a Golden Globe for her role as Sugar in the comedy Someone Likes Hot (1959). The last completed film was the drama Mustang (1961), based on a screenplay by her then-husband Arthur Miller. In the last years of her private and professional life, she struggled not only with an addiction to tranquilizers, but also with a film studio for a better position and role, but due to her poor health, she gained a bad reputation as an actress. The never-explained circumstances of her untimely death in 1962 then led to a great deal of speculation and theory. In the years since her death at age 36, Marilyn Monroe has become a cultural and film icon, a sex symbol, as evidenced by TV Guide Network, which voted Marilyn Monroe the "Sexiest Actress of All Time" in 2009.