Biography template: Marilyn Monroe Biography (Created by Visual Paradigm Online's Biography maker)
Biography template: Marilyn Monroe Biography (Created by Visual Paradigm Online's Biography maker)
Biography template: Marilyn Monroe Biography (Created by Visual Paradigm Online's Biography maker)
Biography template: Marilyn Monroe Biography (Created by Visual Paradigm Online's Biography maker)
Biography template: Marilyn Monroe Biography (Created by Visual Paradigm Online's Biography maker)
Biography template: Marilyn Monroe Biography (Created by Visual Paradigm Online's Biography maker)
Biography template: Marilyn Monroe Biography (Created by Visual Paradigm Online's Biography maker)
Biography template: Marilyn Monroe Biography (Created by Visual Paradigm Online's Biography maker)
Biography template: Marilyn Monroe Biography (Created by Visual Paradigm Online's Biography maker)

Marilyn Monroe Biography

Marilyn Monroe

Born: Norma Jeane Mortenson, June 1, 1926

Died: August 4, 1962 (aged 36) Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Occupation: Actress, model, singer

Resting place: Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery

About Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson; June 1, 1926 – August 4, 1962) was an American actress, singer, and model. Famous for playing comedic "blonde bombshell" characters, she became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s and early 1960s, as well as an emblem of the era's sexual revolution. She was a top-billed actress for a decade, and her films grossed $200 million (equivalent to $2 billion in 2021) by the time of her death in 1962. Long after her death, Monroe remains a major icon of pop culture. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked her sixth on their list of the greatest female screen legends from the Golden Age of Hollywood.

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Her childhood

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Monroe spent most of her childhood in foster homes and an orphanage; she married at age sixteen. She was working in a factory during World War II when she met a photographer from the First Motion Picture Unit and began a successful pin-up modeling career, which led to short-lived film contracts with 20th Century Fox and Columbia Pictures.

Hollywood star

By 1953, Monroe was one of the most marketable Hollywood stars; she had leading roles in the film noir Niagara, which overtly relied on her sex appeal, and the comedies Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and How to Marry a Millionaire, which established her star image as a "dumb blonde".

The same year, her nude images were used as the centerfold and on the cover of the first issue of Playboy. She played a significant role in the creation and management of her public image throughout her career, but she was disappointed when she was typecast and underpaid by the studio.

Legacy

According to The Guide to United States Popular Culture, "as an icon of American popular culture, Monroe's few rivals in popularity include Elvis Presley and Mickey Mouse... no other star has ever inspired such a wide range of emotions—from lust to pity, from envy to remorse." Art historian Gail Levin stated that Monroe may have been "the most photographed person of the 20th century", and The American Film Institute has named her the sixth greatest female screen legend in American film history.

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