MARILYN MONROE

BY DIONA MCMULLEN

Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926 in Los Angeles, California. Her mother was a film-cutter at RKO Studios who, widowed and mentally ill, abandoned her to sequence of foster homes. She was almost smothered to death at two, nearly raped at six. At nine, the LA Orphans' Home paid her a nickel a month for kitchen work while taking back a penny every Sunday for church. At sixteen, she worked in an aircraft plant and married a man she called Daddy; he went into the military, she modeled, they divorced in 1946. She owned 200 books (including Tolstoy, Whitman, Milton), listened to Beethoven records, studied acting at the Actors' lab in Hollywood, and took literature courses at UCLA downtown. 20th Century Fox gave her a contract but let it lapse a year later. In 1948, Columbia gave her a six-month contract, turned her over to coach Natasha Lytess and featured her in the B movie Ladies of the Chorus (1948) in which she sang three numbers : "Every Baby Needs a Da Da Daddy", "Anyone Can Tell I Love You" and "The Ladies of the Chorus" with Adele Jergens (dubbed by Virginia Rees) and others. Joseph L. Mankiewicz saw her in a small part in The Asphalt Jungle (1950) and put her in All About Eve (1950), resulting in 20th Century re-signing her to a seven-year contract. Niagara (1953) and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) launched her as a sex symbol superstar.- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

TIMELINE

1st June 1926 Norma Jeane Mortenson born at LA General Hospital and laters moves into orph

26 June 1937 Norma Jeane leaves the orphanage to live with Grace McKee Marilyn’s honor

31 December 1954Marilyn and Milton Greene form Marilyn Monroe Productions

4 August 1962Marilyn’s last day alive includes a 6hr session with Greenson

5 August 1962Police called to Marilyn’s home. Official day of death. Autopsy performer

8 August 1962Funeral at Westwood Medical Park Cemetery

28 August 1962Marilyn’s death certificate is signed

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