Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, singer, and model who became a cultural icon. She starred in numerous Hollywood films during the 1950s and early 1960s and is widely regarded as one of the greatest actresses of all time.

Early Life

Marilyn Monroe was born on June 1, 1926, in Los Angeles, California. Her birth name was Norma Jeane Mortenson, and she grew up in foster homes and orphanages after her mother was hospitalized for mental illness.

Monroe's childhood was difficult, but she found solace in reading and writing poetry. She dreamed of becoming a movie star someday.

At the age of sixteen, Monroe married for the first time to Jim Dougherty. The marriage didn't last long as Monroe's career began to take off.


In 1946, Monroe signed with Twentieth Century Fox and changed her name to Marilyn Monroe. She had minor roles in several films before finally breaking out as a leading lady in 1953 with "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" and "How to Marry a Millionaire."

Monroe became known for her beauty as well as her acting skills. Her iconic looks included platinum blonde hair, red lips, and a curvy figure.

Throughout the rest of the 1950s, Monroe starred in many successful films like "The Seven Year Itch," "Some Like It Hot," and "Bus Stop."

Personal Life

Monroe had several high-profile marriages throughout her life. In addition to Jim Dougherty (whom she divorced before becoming famous), she married playwright Arthur Miller and baseball legend Joe DiMaggio.

Despite these marriages, Monroe struggled with personal demons like depression and anxiety throughout her life. She relied on alcohol and prescription drugs to cope with these issues.


Marilyn Monroe died tragically at the young age of thirty-six from a drug overdose. However, her legacy lives on today as she remains one of the most beloved actresses in Hollywood history.

Monroe's iconic looks and performances made her a cultural icon during her lifetime and continue to influence popular culture today.