Marilyn Monroe was born on June 1st, 1926.
She lived with foster parents for a few years because her
mother felt that she was not ready for a child, however, she moved back in with
her mother but this didn’t last for long because her mother was diagnosed with paranoid
schizophrenia. She was ‘forced’ into marrying so she didn’t have to return to
an orphanage, although they became unhappy and divorced in 1946.
Monroe began a modelling career and was contracted to 20th
Century Fox for six-months to prevent her being poached by R.K.O studios. Her
first film was The Shocking Miss Pilgrim in 1947 but she had to return to
modelling after her contract renewal was rejected.
She signed for Colombia Pictures and featured in Ladies of
the Chorus but again she was dropped. She modelled for Playboy magazine in 1949
which helped propel her career and was offered two films roles in 1950: The
Asphalt Jungle and All about Eve. However, the roles contained less than five
lines each and were mainly based on the following she gained from her modelling
career, especially from Playboy magazine.
Appearing in Love Nest in 1951, she then starred in Don’t
bother the Babysitter. Monroe developed her notable ‘blonde style’ in the film
Monroe married Joe DiMaggio on January 14th, 1954,
however, the couple had a large argument that was filmed and Monroe later
requested for divorce and was granted a divorce from DiMaggio.
Monroe appeared in three films between 1953 and 1955. Part
of the decline of her career happened when Monroe was suspended by Fox twice
for not appearing to set: these films being The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing
and How to be Very, Very Popular.
Monroe remarried in 1956 to Arthur Miller but divorced in
1960 due to relationship problems. Her films continued to decline in critical
acclaim but The Prince and the Showgirl in 1959 was generally received well by
Monroe’s final film was The Misfits in 1962, however she was
chosen by Fox to feature in Something’s Got to Give, however she was fired
after a long illness and then a second illness, which Fox reported to the press
she was faking to avoid filming. Despite this, Monroe remained very popular and
sang Happy Birthday to the president, JFK, in Madison Square Garden.
Monroe died at the young age of 36 because of suicide caused
by an intentional drug overdose due to many times the lethal limit being found
in her blood. Her suicide was attributed to severe depression and mood swings
causing unpredictable behaviour.