Norma Jeane Mortenson later acquired her mother’s name, Baker. Her mother was repeatedly confined in an asylum, and Norma Jeane was reared by 12 successive sets of foster parents and, for a while, in an orphanage. In 1942 she married a fellow worker in the aircraft industry, but they divorced soon after World War II.
When she signed a short-term deal with Twentieth Century-Fox in 1946 to star as Marilyn Monroe in a film, she became a prominent photographer’s model. In the wake of a few brief roles in Fox and Columbia Pictures productions, she returned to posing for the paparazzi. Her nude portrait on a calendar got her a role in the film Scudda-Hoo! Scudda-Hay! (1948), which was followed by additional lesser appearances.
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Marilyn Monroe’s Early Life
Norma Jeane Mortenson, the future Marilyn Monroe, was born on June 1st, 1926, in Los Angeles. Her mother, Gladys Pearl Baker, had two children before leaving her abusive husband (who later stole the children), and Marilyn didn’t realize she had a half-sister until she was 12 years old; her half-brother died in 1933.
Gladys married Martin Edward Mortensen in 1924, but they split a few months later; despite she put Mortensen’s name on Monroe’s birth certificate, it is thought that he was not her father. Gladys suffered from mental illness and financial troubles, and Marilyn became a ward of the state after her mother had a mental breakdown. Monroe spent the following years living in foster homes, where she was sexually molested, and she became introverted and developed a stutter.
Marilyn Monroe’s Personal Life
On June 19, 1942, 16-year-old Marilyn married 21-year-old James Dougherty, and they divorced in 1946. She went on to wed retired baseball player Joe DiMaggio on January 14, 1954; Joe was jealous, possessive, and abusive, and Monroe filed for divorce just nine months after the wedding.
After that, on June 29, 1956, she married playwright Arthur Miller, with whom she divorced two years later, in 1961. Marilyn supposedly also had romantic encounters with Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, President John F. Kennedy, and Robert F. Kennedy, and it is said that she had been intending to remarry DiMaggio on August 8th, 1962, which ended up being the day of her death.
“I like to be really dressed up, or really undressed. I don’t bother with anything in-between.” – #MarilynMonroe
— Marilyn Monroe (@MarilynMonroe) May 12, 2022
Monroe was hospitalized in the late 1950s after an overdose of barbiturates. She had a history of melancholy and drug addiction. In 1961, Monroe underwent surgery for endometriosis as well as a cholecystectomy, and she was sent to a mental institute; DiMaggio came to her rescue and got her released early.
Marilyn Monroe’s Net Worth
Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, model, and singer who had a net worth of $800 thousand at the time of her death in 1962. That’s the same as about $7 million in today’s currency after adjusting for inflation.
During her career, Marilyn made a little under $3 million from film pay, the same as roughly $24 million before taxes after adjusting for inflation. She was not particularly responsible with money, spending excessively on strangers, family, and employees while also buying beautiful jewelry, clothes, and other goods for herself.
Marilyn Monroe’s Career
After working at the Radioplane Company, where she met photographer David Conover, Marilyn resigned her job to focus on modeling. Her modeling career began in 1945 when she was signed by the Blue Book Model Agency after modeling for Conover and a few of his friends. By 1946, Monroe had appeared on the covers of more than 30 periodicals, including men’s magazines and ads.
In June 1946, she signed with an acting agency, and 20th Century-Fox head executive Darryl F. Zanuck signed her to a six-month contract that began in August. It was at this point that she adopted the stage name Marilyn Monroe and enrolled in acting, singing, and dancing classes.
When Marilyn’s contract was renewed, she appeared in “Dangerous Years” in 1947 and “Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay!” in 1948 before moving on to other projects. The studio required her to attend classes at the Actors’ Laboratory Theatre at this time, but Fox declined to renew her contract in August 1947 because her tutors believed she was too shy to succeed as an actress.
Marilyn Monroe’s Death
In the early morning hours of August 5, 1962, Monroe’s housekeeper, Eunice Murray, awoke and observed light coming from underneath Marilyn’s bedroom door. Even though the front door was barred from entry, she contacted Monroe’s psychiatrist, Ralph Greenson, who arrived within 30 minutes and broke into the room through a window, finding Marilyn’s naked body on her bed with medication bottles on her nightstand. The LAPD was alerted at 4:25 a.m. when her doctor, Hyman Engelberg, arrived and declared her dead.
Her burial was placed in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery’s Corridor of Memories on August 8th. DiMaggio assisted arranged the funeral service, and for the next 20 years, he had six roses delivered to Monroe’s crypt three times a week.
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