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Article: Marilyn Monroe
by Olivia Archambault, Student

There have been a lot of actresses to come in and out of Hollywood, but there has been one specific actress that everyone has heard of and knows, and that is Marilyn Monroe. With her signature blonde hair and sexy poses how can you not know who she is? Well if you don’t, this report will help you learn more. 


Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926 in Los Angeles, California to her mother Gladys, her father was unknown and continued to be for the remainder of her life. Unfortunately, her mother had mental illness and Marilyn had to go into foster care. She lived there for the first seven years of her life. After those seven years she was allowed to go back to live with her mother, although that only lasted about a year when her mother was remitted to a mental home in Santa Monica. She went to live with a good friend of her mother, Grace McKee. Grace was very inspiring to Marilyn “‘don’t worry, Norma Jeane. You're going to be a beautiful girl when you get important woman, a movie star.’” (Internet “Marilyn”).  Unfortunately, Grace was married in 1935 and due to financial difficulties not able to take care of Marilyn anymore. She was sent to an orphanage.

In September 1941 she met Jim Dougherty, who was five years her senior. Grace encouraged Marilyn to go for Dougherty. They married June 19, 1942.  Dougherty joined the military in 1943. Marilyn was working in a factory inspecting parachutes when one day she was photographed as a promotion of women working on assembly lines. One of the photographers noticed her beauty and asked to take more pictures of her. By spring 1945, she was becoming known as the “photographers dream”. She had been on 33 magazine covers. In 1946, she was granted a divorce. “"My marriage didn't make me sad, but it didn't make me happy either. My husband and I hardly spoke to each other. This wasn't because we were angry. We had nothing to say. I was dying of boredom." (Internet “Marilyn”).

On July 23, 1946 she signed a contract with Twentieth Century Fox Studios. When she signed the contract, she changed her name to Marilyn Monroe. Marilyn- inspired by the stage actress Marilyn Miller and Monroe- which was her mother’s maiden name. From then on she would be known as Marilyn Monroe to all her fans. She got a minor part in the movie "Scudda-Hoo! Scudda-Hay!”. In 1948 Marilyn sang her first song in a movie called “Ladies of the Chorus”. Marilyn posed for a nude calendar in 1949, which caused some controversy. From then on she was in a lot of other movies. Including   "Niagara".

In 1954 she married Joe DiMaggio ex-baseball player. This only caused trouble. Joe was the jealous type and wanted a housewife, not a famous icon wife. She went to Korea to entertain the troops for four days. Joe did not join her on this trip. They divorced in the fall of 1954. When asked about the divorce Marilyn was quoted to saying “I can't say anything today. I'm sorry. I'm sorry.” (Internet “Marilyn”)

In May of 1954 she started filming “There’s No Business Like Show Business”. She fell ill. She was finally starting to show side effects from a sleeping pill she’d been taking for the last few years.

From here Marilyn moved to New York, meeting Arthur Miller who was to be her lover/husband/ex-husband later in the future.  

She played in more movies and was getting sicker. They were regularly flying in pills from Los Angeles for her.  Allan Snyder was quoted saying: “It took so long to get her going in the morning that usually I had to make her up while she lay in her bed.” (Internet “Marilyn”). She still managed to give a great performance.

A reported affair with John F. Kennedy started in 1961. At the President’s Gala birthday celebration she sang her famous “Happy Birthday” tribute to him.

She started filming another movie, “Some Like It Hot”, but failure to show up due to illness made them cut her from the film.  She sued them, but the case was later dropped. She then reunited with Joe DiMaggio and agreed to re-marry him on August 8, 1962. Fox also rehired her to continue being in the movie they cut her from. They were willing to pay her two times the original amount. These events never came to be, because she passed away on August 5, 1962. A lot has been said about her death, although they don’t believe it was a suicide. Possibly an overdose on the sleeping pills. DiMaggio made arrangements for the funeral, not inviting anyone from the Hollywood scene. Because ...”they had only hurt Marilyn.” (Internet “Marilyn”)


She was beautiful, talented, and an American superstar. That was Marilyn Monroe. She had a lot of accomplishments in her life time. She started from nothing but a poor girl with no family and made it to be one of the most known models and actresses in American history. 

There is also the scandal between her and John F. Kennedy. Of course no one actually ever confirmed that this did occur, but it is very likely that it did. It is said that she had quite the crush on the president. He had to distance himself from her though, because of the birthday bash and people started thinking something was going on between the two of them. She was in the middle of a physiological breakdown and thought he was going to leave his wife and marry her, he was afraid she was going to destroy him politically, because there had been lots of rumors being spread about what was going on between them. He stopped talking to her and gave away an engraved watch she had given him as a birthday present. (Internet “Moments”).

She was the first star to be comfortable with her sexuality and flaunt it. She is a significant person is American history because of her talent and beauty and the way she paved the way for actresses and models to be self-confident and beautiful for the rest of time. She is still known today as the girl she was back then.

In conclusion, that is why I think that Marilyn Monroe was an important part of American history. She was beautiful, comfortable with herself and overall a gateway to the models and actresses of today.

c Olivia Archambault



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