Mortenson, Norma Jean
1926 - Born on June 1st in Los Angeles, California. An American actress who became a major sex symbol, starring in a number of commercially successful motion pictures during the 1950s.
1942 - She married a fellow worker in an aircraft factory, but they divorced soon after World War II.
1946 - She became a popular photographer's model and signed a short-term contract with Twentieth Century Fox, taking as her screen name Marilyn Monroe.
1948 - Her nude photograph on a calendar brought her a role in the film "Scudda-Hoo! Scudda-Hay!", which was followed by other minor roles.
1950 - Monroe played a small uncredited role in The Asphalt Jungle that reaped a mountain of fan mail.
- An appearance in "All About Eve" won her another contract from Fox and much recognition.
1951-1953 - In a succession of movies, including "Let's Make It Legal", "Love Nest", "Clash by Night", and "Niagara", she advanced to star billing on the strength of her studio-fostered image as a “love goddess”.
- With performances in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes", "How to Marry a Millionaire", and "There's No Business Like Show Business", her fame grew steadily and spread throughout the world, and she became the object of unprecedented popular adulation.
1954 - She married baseball star Joe DiMaggio, and the attendant publicity was enormous. With the end of their marriage less than a year later she began to grow discontented with her career.
1955-1956 - Monroe studied with Lee Strasberg at the Actors' Studio in New York City, and in "The Seven-Year Itch" and "Bus Stop" she began to emerge as a talented comedienne.
- She married playwright Arthur Miller and briefly retired from moviemaking.
1957 - She costarred with Sir Laurence Olivier in "The Prince and the Showgirl".
1959 - She won critical acclaim for the first time as a serious actress for "Some Like It Hot".
1961 - Her last role, in "The Misfits", was written by Miller, whom she had divorced the year before.
1962 - After several months as a virtual recluse, Monroe died in her Los Angeles home, having taken an overdose of sleeping pills.
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