Flashback: The Glamorous Life of Marilyn Monroe

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Known for being the most popular woman of the 20th Century and one of the most beautiful blondes to who has ever lived. She embodied Hollywood charm with an incomparable glow and energy that smitten the world.

Although she was an enthralling beauty with sensuous, curves and a striking pout, Marilyn was more than a '50s sex goddess. Her apparent vulnerability and innocence, in combination with an innate sensuality, has endeared her to the global consciousness. Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926 in Los Angeles, California. During her short lifespan, Marilyn Monroe overcame a difficult childhood to become of the world's biggest and most enduring sex symbols. During her career, Monroe's films grossed more than $200 million. In her autobiography, "My Story", she recounted her guardian told her she was a direct descendant of James Monroe. Her mother's maiden name was Monroe, but there is no evidence she was a descendant of the U.S. President.

  • Voted 'Sexiest Woman of the Century' by People Magazine. [1999]
  • Was 1947's Miss California Artichoke Queen.
  • Ranked #8 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]
  • Voted Empire's (UK) "sexiest female movie star of all time" in 1995.
  • She was Playboy's first "Sweetheart of the Month" in December 1953.

At sixteen, she worked in an aircraft plant and married a man she called Daddy; he went into the military, she modelled, they divorced in 1946. She owned 200 books 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. Niagara (1953) and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) launched her as a sex symbol superstar. She was dropped from the unfinished Something's Got to Give (1962) due to chronic delay and drug addiction.

She died in 1962 at age 36 from acute barbiturate poisoning, and it was a 'probable suicide'. She left an estate valued at $1.6 million

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