On June 19, 1942 she married Jimmy Dougherty. On August 26, 1946 she signed her first studio contract with Twentieth Century Fox. Her performance in 1953's Niagara, delivered her to stardom. Photoplay magazine voted Monroe the Best New Actress of 1953. On January 14, 1954, she married baseball superstar Joe DiMaggio. For 1959's Some Like It Hot, she won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Comedy. On June 29, 1956, Monroe wed playwright Arthur Miller. Her final public appearance was at Dodger Stadium for a benefit show.
She died in 1962 from an overdose of sleeping pills under very questionable circumstances. Her death was a shock to the world. Elton John's 1973 song Candle in the Wind was about her.
"I knew I belonged to the public and to the world, not because I was talented or even beautiful, but because I had never belonged to anything or anyone else."
The Postal Service featured her on a 32 cent commemorative postage stamp in 1995.
During her career, Monroe made 30 films
Some of them are:
- The Shocking Miss Pilgrim (1947)
- The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
- All About Eve (1950)
- Let's Make It Legal (1951)
- As Young As You Feel (1951)
- Monkey Business (1952)
- Don't Bother to Knock (1952)
- Niagara (1953)
- Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
- How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)
- There's No Business Like Show Business (1954)
- Bus Stop (1956)
- The Prince and the Showgirl (1957)
- Some Like It Hot (1959)
- The Misfits (1961)