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Marilyn Monroe

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Monroe in 1953

Born

Norma Jeane Mortenson
June 1, 1926
Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Died

August 5, 1962
Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Cause of death

Barbiturate overdose

Resting place

Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery

Other names

Norma Jeane Baker

Occupation

  • Actress
  • model
  • singer

Years active

1945–1962

Spouse

  • James Dougherty ( m.  1942; div.  1946)
  • Joe DiMaggio ( m.  1954; div.  1955)
  • Arthur Miller ( m.  1956; div.  1961)

Website

marilynmonroe .com

Signature

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Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, model, and singer. Famous for playing comic "blonde bombshell" characters, she became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s and was emblematic of the era's attitudes towards sexuality. Although she was a top-billed actress for only a decade, her films grossed $200 million by the time of her unexpected death in 1962 . More than half a century later, she continues to be a major popular culture icon.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Monroe spent most of her childhood in foster homes and an orphanage and married at the age of 16. While working in a radioplane factory in 1944 as part of the war effort, she was introduced to a photographer from the First Motion Picture Unit and began a successful pin-up modeling career. The work led to short-lived film contracts with Twentieth Century-Fox and Columbia Pictures . After a series of minor film roles, she signed a new contract with Fox in 1951. Over the next two years, she became a popular actress and had roles in several comedies, including As Young as You Feel and Monkey Business, and in the dramas Clash by Night and Don't Bother to Knock. Monroe faced a scandal when it was revealed that she had posed for nude photos before she became a star, but the story did not tarnish her career and instead resulted in increased interest in her films.

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Sometimes I think it would be easier to avoid old age, to die young, but then you'd never complete your life, would you? You'd never wholly know you. - Marilyn Monroe

Sometimes I think it would be easier to avoid old age, to die young, but then you'd never complete your life, would you? You'd never wholly know you.

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It's often just enough to be with someone. I don't need to touch them. Not even talk. A feeling passes between you both. You're not alone. - Marilyn Monroe

It's often just enough to be with someone. I don't need to touch them. Not even talk. A feeling passes between you both. You're not alone.

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I restore myself when I'm alone. - Marilyn Monroe

I restore myself when I'm alone.

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It's better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone - so far. - Marilyn Monroe

It's better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone - so far.

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I have noticed... that men usually leave married women alone and are inclined to treat all wives with respect. This is no great credit to married women. - Marilyn Monroe

I have noticed... that men usually leave married women alone and are inclined to treat all wives with respect. This is no great credit to married women.

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I am alone I am always alone no matter what. - Marilyn Monroe

I am alone I am always alone no matter what.

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Some of my foster families used to send me to the movies to get me out of the house and there I'd sit all day and way into the night. Up in front, there with the screen so big, a little kid all alone, and I loved it. I loved anything that moved up there and I didn't miss anything that happened and there was no popcorn either. - Marilyn Monroe

Some of my foster families used to send me to the movies to get me out of the house and there I'd sit all day and way into the night. Up in front, there with the screen so big, a little kid all alone, and I loved it. I loved anything that moved up there and I didn't miss anything that happened and there was no popcorn either.

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A woman can't be alone. She needs a man. A man and a woman support and strengthen each other. She just can't do it by herself. - Marilyn Monroe

A woman can't be alone. She needs a man. A man and a woman support and strengthen each other. She just can't do it by herself.

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I used to think as I looked out on the Hollywood night, 'There must be thousands of girls sitting alone like me dreaming of being a movie star.' But I'm not going to worry about them. I'm dreaming the hardest. - Marilyn Monroe

I used to think as I looked out on the Hollywood night, 'There must be thousands of girls sitting alone like me dreaming of being a movie star.' But I'm not going to worry about them. I'm dreaming the hardest.

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Experts on romance say for a happy marriage there has to be more than a passionate love. For a lasting union, they insist, there must be a genuine liking for each other. Which, in my book, is a good definition for friendship. - Marilyn Monroe

Experts on romance say for a happy marriage there has to be more than a passionate love. For a lasting union, they insist, there must be a genuine liking for each other. Which, in my book, is a good definition for friendship.

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Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring. - Marilyn Monroe

Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.

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Beauty and femininity are ageless and can't be contrived, and glamour, although the manufacturers won't like this, cannot be manufactured. Not real glamour it's based on femininity. - Marilyn Monroe

Beauty and femininity are ageless and can't be contrived, and glamour, although the manufacturers won't like this, cannot be manufactured. Not real glamour it's based on femininity.

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One of the best things that ever happened to me is that I'm a woman. That is the way all females should feel. - Marilyn Monroe

One of the best things that ever happened to me is that I'm a woman. That is the way all females should feel.

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A woman knows by intuition, or instinct, what is best for herself. - Marilyn Monroe

A woman knows by intuition, or instinct, what is best for herself.

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I've always felt toward the slightest scene, even if all I had to do in a scene was just to come in and say, 'Hi,' that the people ought to get their money's worth and that this is an obligation of mine, to give them the best you can get from me. - Marilyn Monroe

I've always felt toward the slightest scene, even if all I had to do in a scene was just to come in and say, 'Hi,' that the people ought to get their money's worth and that this is an obligation of mine, to give them the best you can get from me.

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I'm selfish, impatient, and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I'm out of control, and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best. - Marilyn Monroe

I'm selfish, impatient, and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I'm out of control, and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.

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