Flashback Friday: Marilyn Monroe

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          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.

 

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          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.

 

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          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.

 

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           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.

 

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    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)

 

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Marilyn Monroe’s Signature Pose

 

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Marilyn Monroe’s Signature

 

 

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

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