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The life of Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe: Movies, marriages, fashion moments and more

Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jean Mortenson in Los Angeles on June 1, 1926. Monroe was a notable actress of the 1950s, and her legacy continues to this day.

After growing up in foster homes and orphanages, Monroe began her career as a model and actress, landing minor roles in films such as The Asphalt Jungle and All About Eve in 1950 before achieving leading lady status within the next few years.

In 1951, she appeared in Let’s Make It Legal and The Love Nest, followed by Crush by Night in 1952 and Niagara in 1953. She continued to appear in films such as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) and No Business Like Show Business (1954). This led to The Seven Year Itch (1955), which produced the iconic photograph of Monroe, her dress flying as she stands on a subway grate.

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From this point on, her roles began to taper off: in 1956 she appeared in Bus Stop and in 1957 in The Prince and the Showgirl.

She appeared in Some Like It Hot in 1959 before her final role in The Misfits in 1961.

Monroe was married three times in her life: first to James Dougherty from 1942 to 1946, then to New York Yankee Joe DiMaggio in 1954, but they divorced in 1955, and finally to playwright Arthur Miller, whom she married from 1956 to 1961.

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Shortly after her breakup with Miller, she famously sang “Happy Birthday” to President Kennedy in New York. She sang for the president on May 19, 1962.

Monroe died on August 5, 1962, at the age of 36. Her death was ruled a “probable suicide” and the cause was listed as acute barbiturate poisoning, but many conspiracy theories have circulated surrounding her mysterious death.