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Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

D.O.B.: June 1, 1926 (Los Angeles, CA)

D.O.D.: August 5, 1962 (Los Angeles, CA)

Cause of Death: Drug Overdose

Location: Westwood Memorial; Corridor of Memories; #24

Biographical Notes:

She is one of the most famous faces in all of Hollywood's history. Her mother was mentally ill and had to put Marilyn in foster care.

At 16, Marilyn married James Dougherty. They were married for four years and divorced in 1946.

She started to model and got noticed. In 1948 she posed nude for the famous shot which was eventually used on Playboy's first issue.

In 1952, she appeared in "Don't Bother to Knock" where she played a babysitter who was mentally unbalanced. which became her new image. Later in 1952 she appeared in "Monkey Business" where she showed off her new platinum blonde hair, the look became her trademark.

In 1954, Marilyn married Joe DiMaggio. The marriage lasted only eight months.

In 1956, Marilyn married Arthur Miller. "The Misfits" was written for Monroe and was her last completed film. That marriage lasted four years.

On the morning of August 5 1962, Monroe died in her sleep in her Brentwood home, at the age of 36.

She made 30 films throughout her career. She will always be a Hollywood icon.

On June 26, 1953, when Marilyn received her star along Hollywood's Walk of Fame, she wrote her name in the wet cement in front of Grumman's Chinese Theater and dotted her "i" with a rhinestone. Unfortunately, the rhinestone was quickly stolen.

Supposedly, the look of the character of "Tinkerbell" from the 1953 Walt Disney film "Peter Pan" was based on Marilyn Monroe.

The "Norma" in Marilyn's given name (Norma Jean Mortensen) was after Norma Talmadge, a glamorous silent film star. The "Jean" in her name was after starlet Jean Harlow, the bombshell platinum blond superstar to whom Marilyn was often compared and considered her idol.

Appeared in:

"Something Got to Give" (1961) Movie

"Let's Make Love" (1960) Movie

"The Prince and the Showgirl" (1957) Movie

"The Seven Year Itch" (1955) Movie

"How to Marry a Millionaire" (1953) Movie

"Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" (1953) Movie

"Niagara" (1953) Movie

"Monkey Business" (1952) Movie

"Don't Bother to Knock" (1952) Movie

 

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