Personality Analysis of Marilyn Monroe by Using Trait Theories

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Personality Analysis of Marilyn Monroe By Using Trait Theories

Marilyn Monroe, whose real name is Norma Jeane Mortenson, was born on June 1, 1926 in Los Angeles, California. She was American actress, singer and model. She also was one of the most famous movie star, the sex symbols and pop icons of the 20th century. Despite her an unhappy, difficult childhood she got succeed during her short life period. She worked minor roles for years. Then, she showed her comedy ability, appearance on television and attraction with films. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire, Some Like It Hot and The Seven Year Itch are some examples of these films. Her success and these films provided her to be the most popular film actress in 1950s and 60s. “During her career, Monroe's films grossed more than $200 million. Monroe died of a drug overdose on August 5, 1962, at only 36 years old”. In this paper, personality of Marilyn Monroe, especially her dominant trait neuroticism will be examined by using the trait theory. The five-factor theory and Eysencks’ three dimensions of personality will be used for this examination.

The reason for my choice of Marilyn Monroe is that she is known as a successful actress, an icon and somewhat of a legend. She was talented, resplendent and motivated woman. Otherwise, she has a complex personality. She wanted to have a good family because she was lonely and did not know how it was to belong to a real family. Unfortunately, she could not find the true love and have a good family. She also has some psychological problems because of her problematic history. I believe, her personality traits with her problems have significant effects on her personal life and also on her success (sometimes failure). Thes...

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...eneration from time to time; may be because of her impressive and short life story.

“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

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