Probably the most celebrated of all actresses, Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jean Mortenson on June 1, 1926, in Los Angeles, California. When she wasnine she was placed in an orphanage where she was to stay for the next two years.
In 1942, at the age of 16, Norma Jean married 21-year-old James Dougherty. Themarriage only lasted four years. In 1949 she appeared in United Artists' Love Happy (1949). It was also that same year she posed nude for the now famous calendar shot whichwas later to appear in Playboy magazine in 1953 and further boost her career. She appeared in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) as Lorelei Lee. It was also the same yearshe began dating the baseball great Joe DiMaggio.
By October of 1954, Marilyn announced her divorce from DiMaggio. The union lasted only eight months. In 1955 she wassuspended by Fox for not reporting for work on How to Be Very, Very Popular (1955). It was her second suspension, the first being for not reporting for the productionof The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing (1955). Both roles went to others. Her work was slowing down, due to her habit of being continually late to the set, her illnesses(whether real or imagined) and generally being unwilling to cooperate with her producers, directors, and fellow actors.
Was named the Number One Sex Star of the 20thCentury by Playboy magazine in 1999.
Started using the name Marilyn Monroe in 1946, but did not legally change it until 1956.
Appeared on the first cover of Playboy in1953.
In August 5 1962 she was found death at her house, there are lots of theories about her death, but the most popular one is that she was dead by drugs overdose.