Marilyn Monroe is a name that everyone knows, and for good reason. She was a legend of the silver screen, but also in many ways a woman before her time. She had incredible talent as an actress, and she became one of the biggest film stars in Hollywood at the time. But there’s more to Marilyn than just her acting skills – she was also known to be outspoken on issues like sexism and racism, something that wasn’t very common at the time. In this blog post we’ll take a look at some interesting facts about Marilyn Monroe you might not know!
Her Early Life
Born in Los Angeles, California on June 1st 1926 to Gladys Pearl Baker and Edward Mortenson. Her father was a carpenter who had abandoned the family by the time Norma Jeane was three years old. Her mother sent her to live with her grandmother Della Monroe Baker and uncle Stanley Bletcher when she was seven years old. She also had an older brother Robert but he died in childhood from pneumonia and an older half-sister Berniece Baker who was born in 1924 from another relationship that Gladys’s mother had before marrying Robert’s father Edward.
Norma Jeane changed her name after being adopted by Grace Goddard, a woman who worked at RKO Studios as a photographer for their publicity department (she took many of Marilyn Monroe’s iconic photographs). When Grace adopted Norma Jeane it was no longer necessary for her last name to be Baker so she chose one that sounded good with “Norma Jeane”.
Marilyn Monroe started her career as a model. Her beautiful looks and charm won her the attention of many photographers, and she soon became one of the most photographed women in America. She signed with 20th Century Fox at age 16 and began acting in films shortly after that.
She starred in more than 30 films over the course of her career, including Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), How to Marry a Millionaire (1953), The Seven Year Itch (1955) and Some Like it Hot (1959). She also sang, on occasion—her best-known song being “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend.”
Her Later Years
Her later years were marked by depression and anxiety, as well as alcoholism and drug addiction. She was famous for her love of alcohol, using it to cope with the pain of her childhood. Many believe that if she had not struggled so much with addiction in her life she would have lived longer (she died at age 36).
In her personal life, she also suffered from failed marriages. She married Joe DiMaggio in 1954 but they divorced after just nine months. In 1956, she married playwright Arthur Miller; they divorced five years later in 1961 because of his adultery with British actress Claire Bloom while they were separated during their marriage.
Marilyn Monroe is one of the most iconic figures in American culture. From her films, to her personal life and death, Marilyn Monroe left quite a mark on history. She was a great actress and a beautiful woman who brought about change for women everywhere. As we celebrate this amazing woman on her birthday and in honor of her legacy, here are some interesting facts about Marilyn Monroe:
Marilyn Monroe is a huge influence on American culture as we know it today.
Marilyn Monroe is a huge influence on American culture as we know it today. She started a revolution in the movie industry, not only did she inspire many other actresses and models to be more confident with their appearance, but also she influenced how women were depicted in film. Marilyn has been cited as being one of the first celebrities to become an icon for her own sexuality and beauty.
So, why not join us in celebrating the life of a celebrity who left behind an incredible legacy? As we mentioned earlier, there are plenty of events happening around the country to honor her memory. And if you’re still not convinced, let us leave you with one final thought: Marilyn Monroe is often cited as one of the most memorable women in American history—and for good reason! Her beauty and talent will be remembered by generations to come.