Flashback Friday: Marilyn Monroe



          She is Norma Jean Mortenson, also known as Marilyn Monroe. She was an American actress, model, and singer, who became a major sex symbol, starring in a number of commercially successful motion pictures during the 1950s and early 1960s.





          After spending much of her childhood in foster homes, Monroe began a career as a model, which led to a film contract in 1946 with Twentieth Century-Fox. The final years of Monroe’s life were marked by illness, personal problems, and a reputation for unreliability and being difficult to work with. The circumstances of her death, from an overdose of barbiturates, have been the subject of conjecture. Though officially classified as a “probable suicide“, the possibilities of an accidental overdose or a homicide have not been ruled out.


Annex - Monroe, Marilyn_NRFPT_028



          In the decades following her death, she has often been cited as both a pop and a cultural icon as well as the quintessential American sex symbol.  In 2009, TV Guide Network named her No. 1 in Film’s Sexiest Women of All Time.






           Monroe had three marriages, all of which ended in divorce. The first was to James Dougherty, the second to Joe DiMaggio, and lastly to Arthur Miller.






    Many books have been written about Marilyn Monroe. A selection is below:


  • Marilyn: Her Life in Her Own Words: Marilyn Monroe’s Revealing Last Words and Photographs by George Barris (April 1, 2001)
  • My Story by Marilyn Monroe and Ben Hecht (September 29, 2006)
  • Marilyn in Art by Roger Taylor (May 1, 2006)
  • Marilyn Monroe: Metamorphosis by David Wills (November 8, 2011)




Marilyn Monroe’s Signature Pose



Marilyn Monroe’s Signature



To know more about Marilyn Monroe, just go here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marilyn_Monroe



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