Norma Jeane Mortenson's Iconic Marilyn Monroe

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Marilyn Monroe

Who is the iconic Marilyn Monroe? Born as Norma Jeane Mortenson, she became one of the world’s most everlasting sex symbols. Marilyn overcame many obstacles in order to become the fortuitous actress and model that she is remembered as today. Marilyn Monroe went from nothing to everything in thirty-six fleeting years. On June 1, 1926, Norma Jeane Mortenson was born in Los Angeles, California. She grew up not knowing her father, but she once thought him to be Clark Gable. There was no evidence Clark ever met or knew Monroe’s mother, Gladys who ended up in a mental institution due to psychiatric problems. As an adult, Monroe said that one of her latest memories was of her mother trying to smother her with a pillow while she was lying in her crib. Growing up, Monroe was in and out of foster care and orphanages. At seven years old, Monroe’s life took a turn for the worst when she was sexually assaulted, she later then said she was raped at eleven years old.
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In that same year Monroe married playwright Arthur Miller, their marriage lasted four years. Soon after that, Monroe went to Britain to be in The Prince and the Show Girl, which was less than impressive financially and critically. Marilyn took a whole year off to get her life together; Marilyn returned to the big screen for a comedy Some Like it Hot (1959). The film was a huge hit and made millions of dollars. In 1960, Marilyn was in George Cukor’s, Let’s Make Love, it was moving because it did not get to the point quick enough. In 1961, Marilyn made her very last film, The Misfits. She was chosen to play in the movie Somethings Got to give (1962), due to her late to the set quite often, they replaced her. Her career came to an end, because studios just did not want to waste a thousand dollars in delays. Marilyn made thirty films in her lifetime. The impact she made forever changed the film industry.

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