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Marilyn Monroe

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Screenshot of Marilyn Monroe from the trailer for the film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953).

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Marilyn Monroe (June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962), born Norma Jeane Mortenson, but baptized Norma Jeane Baker, was an American actress, singer, comedian and model.

After spending much of her childhood in foster homes, Monroe began a career as a model, which led to a film contract in 1946. Her early roles were minor, but her performances in The Asphalt Jungle and All About Eve (both 1950) were well received. She was praised for her comedic ability in such films as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire, and The Seven Year Itch, and became one of Hollywood's most popular and glamorous performers.

The typecasting of Monroe's "dumb blonde" persona limited her career prospects, so she broadened her range. She studied at the Actors Studio and formed Marilyn Monroe Productions. Her dramatic performance in William Inge's Bus Stop was hailed by critics, and she won a Golden Globe Award for her performance in Some Like it Hot.

The final years of Monroe's life were marked by illness, personal problems, and a reputation for being unreliable and difficult to work with. The circumstances of her death, from an overdose of barbiturates, have been the subject of conjecture. Though officially classified as a "probable suicide", the possibility of an accidental overdose has not been ruled out, while conspiracy theorists argue that she was murdered.

In 1999, Monroe was ranked as the sixth greatest female star of all time by the American Film Institute.

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In the news

Marilyn Monroe 'Niagara' Negatives Could Fetch $50k at Auction
TMZ, 2020-03-02 08:40:08
Marilyn Monroe's time behind-the-scenes of the 1953 film, "Niagara," was captured by a photographer, and his huge set of photographic negatives is up for grabs ... but it won't come cheap. The pics -- 227 total, 198 of which depict Marilyn -- were…

Variety, 2020-02-05 17:17:52
David Glasser’s 101 Studios and U.K. indie producer Seven Seas Films are partnering to co-produce drama series “The Last Days of Marilyn Monroe,” detailing the turbulent final months of the star’s life before her death in 1962. Based on Keith Badman’s provocative tell-all “The Final Years of Marilyn Monroe: The ...

Classic movies in L.A. this week: 'The Misfits,' 'Road Warrior,' 'Rashomon' and more
LA Times Entertainme, 2020-01-26 14:00:06
Classic movies, film festivals, etc., in L.A. for Jan. 26-Feb. 2 include Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe in "The Misfits," Mel Gibson in "The Road Warrior" and Akira Kurosawa's classic fable "Rashomon"

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