Marilyn Monroe

Biography Project for Mrs. Hemry's 8th grade Language Arts class
made by Hunter G.

Marilyn Monroe born Norma Jeane Mortenson was born on June 1, 1926 in Los Angeles, California  and died on August 5, 1962 .

Significant Event in History that Affected Marilyn's Life
The Great Depression
World War II
Korean War

Marilyn's Childhood
Norma Jeane was born to Gladys Baker in LA General Hospital. Her mother had major emotional problems that got worse immediately after the birth. Marilyn was placed in an orphanage at a young age and than went to live in various homes. It was a very bleak and dark time in Marilyn's life. Marilyn dropped out of high school as a sophmore and married a man named James Dougherty when she turned 16 so that she wouldn't be returned to the orphanage.

People Who Influenced Marilyn's Life

Jean Harlow- Marilyn's favorite idol as a child
Lana Turner- Influenced Marilyn's acting and appearance.
People who influenced her the most were the poets and authors of her favorite poems and books she read.

Unique Facts...
1. She had a fascination with John F. Kennedy
2. She had 11 sets of foster parents
3. People thought she was dumb but she had an IQ of 168
4. She was an excellent cook.
5. Marilyn loved pink.


In 1951, Marilyn won the award for the the best young box office personality.
Became the fastest rising star of 1952.
1960-Won Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical/Comedy.
In 1962, went to Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood Blvd.
She got ranked as the sixth greatest female star of all time in 1999.

The Theme of Marilyn's Life Was..

"Fear is stupid, so are regrets"-Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn's words of advice and what she has taught me...
'I'm pretty, but I'm not beautiful. I sin but I'm not the devil. I'm good but, I'm not an angel." - Marilyn Monroe
"Sometimes good things fall apart, so better things can fall together." -Marilyn Monroe
"I think every human being knows how to hate, because if they didn't  know how to hate they wouldn't know how to love." -Marilyn Monroe
She has taught me no matter how bad life has been you can always make it better. She has also taught me don't think you need to have someone else to make your life complete because you can do it on your own.

Works Cited

Buchthal, Stanley F., and Bernard Comment. Marilyn Monroe: Fragments. London: HarperCollins, 2010. Print
Taraborrelli, J. Randy. The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe. New York: Grand Central Pub., 2009. Print

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