Sunday, August 5, 2007

In Memory Of Marilyn Monroe...

On this day, 45 years ago screen legend Marilyn Monroe died and today we remember this amazing woman. Please enjoy reading about her life and seeing her beauty in the attached photos.

Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortensen (later Baker) on June 1, 1926, in Los Angeles. She was raised by people around her and in orphanages because her mother went into a mental hospital and her father never admitted she was his. By 1942, she was married Jim Dougherty a local neighborhood boy to get out of the orphange. And by 1946 the couple divorce, Norma Jeane was accredited to a top modeling agency, and her image regularly appeared in national publications.

Soon she was rechristened Marilyn Monroe, she began studying at the Actors' Lab in Hollywood; however, when virtually nothing but a bit role in the juvenile delinquent picture The Dangerous Years came of her Fox contract, she signed to Columbia in 1948. She starred in the Columbia picture Ladies of the Chorus before they too dropped her. Her first real recognition came for role in the 1950 thriller The Asphalt Jungle. It helped Marilyn win a small role in the classic All About Eve,

In 1952, RKO borrowed Marilyn for a lead role in the picture Clash by Night with Barbara Stanwyck. Marilyn was soon cast as a psychotic babysitter in a quickie project titled Don't Bother to Knock. She followed that up in 1953's Niagara, which took full advantage of her sexuality to portray her as a sultry femme fatale. But lighter, more comedic fare was Marilyn’s strong suit. The classic musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes followed up by How to Marry a Millionaire cemented her stardom. After starring in the 1954 Western River of No Return, Marilyn continued to make headlines by marrying New York Yankees baseball great Joe DiMaggio (they divorced 9 months later). She also made a much-publicized appearance singing for American troops in Korea.

As far back as 1952, Monroe had earned a reputation for her late on-set arrivals, but The Girl in Pink Tights was the first project she boycotted outright on the weakness of the material. The studio suspended her, and only after agreeing to instead star in the musical There's No Business Like Show Business did she return to work. After starring in the 1955 comedy The Seven Year Itch, Monroe again caused a stir, this time for refusing the lead in How to Be Very, Very Popular. She then moved to New York where she met playwright Arthur Miller, whom she wed. During this time her relationship with Fox executives continued to sour, but after pressure from stockholders helped her signed to a new, non-exclusive seven-year deal which not only bumped her salary to 100,000 dollars per film, but also allowed her approval of directors.

For her first film under the new contract, Monroe delivered her most accomplished performance in 1956’s adaptation of the Broadway hit Bus Stop. She then starred opposite Laurence Olivier in 1957's The Prince and the Showgirl. Two years later, she co-starred in the classic Some Like It Hot, her most popular film yet. Still even with the success, Marilyn's life was in disarray. Her marriage to Miller was crumbling and her long-standing reliance on alcohol and drugs continued to grow more and more serious. After starring in Let's Make Love Marilyn began work on the Miller-penned The Misfits. It would be her final completed project, as she frequently clashed with director John Huston and co-stars Clark Gable and Montgomery Clift, often failed to appear on-set, and was hospitalized several times for depression.

In light of her erratic behavior on the set of the follow-up, the ironically titled Something's Got to Give, she was fired 32 days into production and slapped with a lawsuit. Just two months later, on August 5, 1962, Monroe was dead. The end of a Hollywood legend’s life was over, but the memory of her is still living on in many ways. Rest in peace, Norma Jeane.





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