Marilyn Monroe

Actress Marilyn Monroe

Full Name: Norma Jeane Mortenson
Profession: Actress

United States of America

Biography: Monroe was an American actress, model, and singer who became a major sex symbol of her age.

Often playing an archetypal "dumb blonde" she starred in a number of commercially successful motion pictures during the 1950s and early 1960s.

She became further famous for singing "Happy Birthday, Mr President" to John F. Kennedy and for modelling in the first issue of Playboy magazine.

Born: June 1, 1926
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Gemini

Died: August 4, 1962 (aged 36)
Cause of Death: Suicide by drug overdose

Married Life

  • 1942-06-19 Actress Marilyn Monroe (16) marries first husband James Dougherty (21), a policeman
  • 1954-01-14 NY Yankee Joe DiMaggio weds actress Marilyn Monroe (27) in her 2nd marriage at San Francisco City Hall
  • 1956-06-29 Actress and sex symbol Marilyn Monroe (30) weds for the 3rd time, this time marrying playwright Arthur Miller (40) at White Plains Court House in White Plains, New York

Historical Events

  • 1953-11-05 Film "How to Marry a Millionaire" directed by Jean Negulesco, starring Lauren Bacall, Betty Grable and Marilyn Monroe, first to be filmed in CinemaScope; release delayed to allow "The Robe" to debut the format
  • 1953-12-01 Hugh Hefner publishes 1st edition of Playboy magazine, featuring Marilyn Monroe as the magazine's 1st centerfold
  • 1959-03-29 "Some Like It Hot", directed by Billy Wilder and starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon, is released in NYC
  • 1961-01-31 "The Misfits" premieres in NYC, final movie for both Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe
  • 1962-05-19 Marilyn Monroe sings "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" to JFK before 15,000 attendees, accompanied by jazz pianist Hank Jones, at Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • 2022-05-09 An Andy Warhol portrait of Marilyn Monroe sells for $195 million at auction in New York - the highest price ever for an American artwork

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