Full Name: Norma Jeane Mortenson
Nickname: The Blonde Bombshell, MM
Height: 5' 5½" (1.66 m)
Date of Birth: 1 June 1926, Los Angeles, California, USA
Date of Death: 5 August 1962, Los Angeles, California, USA
Marilyn Monroe is one of the most celebrated and enduring icons of all time.
A LITTLE BIOGRAPHY:
- Marilyn grew up not knowing for sure who her father really was.
- Her mother, Gladys, had entered into several relationships, further confusing her daughter as to who it was who fathered her.Afterward, Gladys gave Norma Jeane (Marilyn) the name of Baker, a boyfriend she had before Mortenson.
- Gladys suffered from mental illness and was in and out of mental institutions for the rest of her life, and because of that Norma Jeane spent time in foster homes.
- When she was nine, she was placed in an orphanage where she was to stay for the next two years.
- Upon being released from the orphanage, she went to yet another foster home.
- In 1942, at the age of 16, Norma Jeane married 21-year-old aircraft plant worker James Dougherty. The marriage only lasted four years, and they divorced in 1946. By this time Marilyn began to model swimsuits and bleached her hair blonde. Various shots made their way into the public eye, where some were eventually seen by RKO Pictures head Howard Hughes.
- An agent suggested that 20th Century-Fox would be the better choice for her, since it was a much bigger and more prestigious studio. She was signed to a contract.
- Marilyn made only 30 films in her lifetime, but her legendary status and mysticism will remain with film history forever.
- Married Arthur Miller twice.
- Her classic shape, according to her dressmaker, is actually measured at 37-23-36.
- Sometime after her split with Arthur Miller, Marilyn began dating Frank Sinatra
- Sinatra gave Marilyn a small white poodle to replace the dog she lost in the divorce with Miller. Marilyn, who always had a spirited sense of humor, called the dog "Maf," which was short for Mafia.
- Marilyn Monroe and John Kennedy were engaged in a love affair.
- She tried 9 different shades of blonde hair color before settling on platinum blonde.
- Her personal library contained over 400 books on topics ranging from art to history, psychology, philosophy, literature, religion, poetry, and gardening.
- There are over 600 books written about her.
- Her first modeling job paid only five dollars.
- Often carried around the book, "The Biography of Abraham Lincoln."
- Champagne was her drink of choice and Dom Perignon was her personal favorite.
- Became pregnant twice (in July 1957 and November 1958) during her marriage to Arthur Miller; on both occasions she suffered miscarriages.
- She was dropped from the unfinished Something's Got to Give (1962) due to chronic lateness and drug dependency. Four months later she was found dead in her Brentwood home of a drug overdose, adjudged "probable suicide".
- “A wise girl kisses but doesn’t love, listens but doesn’t believe, and leaves before she is left.”
- “All a girl really wants is for one guy to prove to her that they are not all the same.”
- “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.”
- “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and its better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”
- ''Dogs never bite me. Just humans.''
- ''I knew I belonged to the public and to the world, not because I was talented or even beautiful, but because I never had belonged to anything or anyone else.''
MARILYN'S MEMORABLE ROLES
As two couples are visiting Niagara Falls, tensions between one wife and her husband reach the level of murder.
“Sure. I’m meeting somebody, just anybody handy, as long as he’s a man! How ‘bout the ticket seller himself? I could grab him on the way out, or one of the kids with the phonograph. Anybody suits me. Take your pick.”
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953):
Two singers, best friends Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw travel to Paris pursued by a private detective hired by Lorelei's fiancé's disapproving father to keep an eye on her, a rich, enamoured old man and many other doting admirers.
“Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.”
How to Marry a Millionaire (1953):
Three women set out to find eligible millionaires to marry, but find true love in the process.
“Gentleman callers have got to wear a necktie. I don’t want to be snobbish about it but if we begin with characters like that we might just as well throw in the towel right now.”
“You know what they say about women who wear glasses…”
The Seven Year Itch (1955):
When his family goes away for the summer, a so far faithful husband is tempted by a beautiful neighbor (Marilyn Monroe).
The Girl: Let me just go put something on. I’ll go into the kitchen and get dressed.Richard Sherman: The kitchen?The Girl: Yes, when it’s hot like this - you know what I do? I keep my undies in the icebox.
Bus Stop (1956):
A naive but stubborn cowboy falls in love with a saloon singer and tries to take her away against her will to get married and live on his ranch in Montana.
Let's Make Love (1960):
When billionaire Jean-Marc Clement learns that he is to be satirized in an off-Broadway revue, he passes himself off as an actor playing him in order to get closer to the beautiful star of the show, Amanda Dell.
"...She gave more to the still camera than any actress...any woman...I've ever photographed, infinitely more patient, more demanding of herself and more comfortable in front of the camera than away from it."....Richard Avedon
GET THE LOOK: MARILYN MONROE STYLE
Marilyn Monroe was the movie star of her generation. There is no female movie queen who has commanded as much fascination, admiration and emulation as Marilyn. Many women dream of looking like Marilyn. Here is how you can dress like Marilyn Monroe for everyday wear. It can be subtle, but you will capture the spirit and fashion that was so much a part of Marilyn's allure.
- Go with dresses: Monroe often wore dresses and anyone who knows the famous seen of her white dress blowing up knows why. While there are some shots of her in pants and even jeans, for the most part she was a dress girl. When you choose your dresses go with the style of dress that is more form fitting on the top and flows out at the bottom.
- High heels: Monroe had great legs and used a very high heel to accentuate this fact.
- Accessories: Monroe was a simple girl here. She usually wore a simple string of pearls, some chandelier earrings and nothing else. Make sure that your earrings sport diamonds as Monroe’s always did and never forget what she said, ‘Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.’
- Hair and make-up:Cut your hair shoulder length and bleach it blonde. Give it some added style and flare by giving it loose or tight curls. Wearing your hair this way will give you that ‘blonde bombshell look.’ Wear plenty of make-up but always try to achieve a look of not having too much on with the exception of your lips.
- Get Back To Basics: She stuck with simplicity and beauty. Keep in mind that a truly glamorous woman needs no flashy overstatements when planning her wardrobe.
Sources: Imdb, wardrobeadvice.com, google, ehow.com, pollyvore