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Although Marilyn Monroe suffered a tragic end, she survived a traumatic childhood to become one of the most well known actresses of all time. Monroe appeared in a number of popular movies, but she is most remembered as an international sex symbol. During her career, her films had grossed over $200 million dollars, and she died of a drug overdose at 36 years old, on August 5, 1962, in Los Angeles, California.
Marilyn Monroe, who was actually born Norma Jeane Mortensen, on June 1st, 1926, suffered a very traumatic childhood. She had awful memories from her childhood, which she could recall all too well. Marilyn’s mother was a film cutter at RKO studies, who was mentally ill, widowed, and had abandoned Marilyn to a series of foster homes (Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962)). The identity of her father has remained a mystery, but some have claimed that it was Martin Edward Mortenson, and others have sad Charles Gifford. Her mother was mentally ill, and so not ready to take of Marilyn when she came home from the hospital, therefore her mother sent her off to foster care for the next few years. Later on, she reclaimed Marilyn, but a subsequent mental breakdown, forced her to be institutionalized at the state hospital (Marilyn Monroe). When she was fifteen years old, she married a merchant marine named Jimmy Dougherty on June 19TH, 1942, and she began modeling. Her and her husband divorced in 1946, and that is where her career took its first turn (Marilyn Monroe Biography).
After Monroe and her first husband divorced, she signed her first movie contract, with 20th Century Fox, but they let it lapse a year later. She also studied acting at the Actors’ lab in Hollywood, and that is where the contract came from. (Marilyn Monroe). With her new ...

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... “The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing”, “How to Be Very, Very Popular”, “Some Like it Hot”, and “Lets Make Love” (Marilyn Monroe).
Although Marilyn had a tough life in her early years, she made better for herself after she was married to her first husband. She started to model swimsuits and really turned her life around. She was put into many movies, and people remembered her for her blonde hair, and the sexy parts she played in some movies. Then her life went downhill again, when she started the use of drugs, and became dependent on them; therefore she was dropped from the movie she was working on. Studios did not want to take a chance on her because it would cost them thousands of dollars in delays, though she was only 36 years old. Marilyn happened to make, only 30 films in her lifetime, but her blonde, sexy image, and mysticism will remain in history forever.
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