Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson, Los Angeles, California June 1, 1926 – died Brentwood, California August 5, 1962) was an American model, actress, and mega-celebrity. She was reportedly pregnant four times, but was not able or allowed to carry any to birth despite wanting to have children. Andy Warhol's silkscreen painting of Monroe fetched a record-breaking $195 million at a charity auction in 2022. The movie Blonde (2022) portrays her life, with a pro-life theme.
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 married playwright Arthur Miller, which the Variety reported with its headline “Egghead weds hourglass.” In fact, Monroe was more intelligent than some wanted to believe. Tragically, she died in 1962 from an overdose of sleeping pills under very questionable circumstances, and her surprise death was a shock to the world. Highly vulnerable and virtually alone in her final weeks, it seems plausible that the Deep State encouraged and facilitated her suicide.
Marilyn's "Aunt Ana" (Ana Lower) was the aunt of a neighbor who cared the most for Marilyn and helped raise her. Aunt Ana was a devout Christian Scientist. Marilyn Monroe herself was descended from the Mayflower, specifically from passengers John Alden and Priscilla Mullins.
"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." - Marilyn Monroe
The Postal Service featured her on a 32 cent commemorative postage stamp in 1995.
Marilyn Monroe reported rejected a suggestion to have her tubes tied, because she wanted to have children. She had multiple tragic miscarriages and there is a dispute against the assertion that she even had any abortions, while some claim she was forced to.
Marilyn Monroe was a chess player who even invested in an expensive gold and silver set of chess pieces, and received a gift of a chess board and pieces from a friend who apparently knew about her likeness of the game. In addition, her psychiatrist wrote that she played some chess two months prior to her unexpected death. It is also observed that learned and was playing chess in 1956 in the year that she married Arthur Miller.
She had a personal library of more than 400 books, and studied literature at UCLA. She was known to be an avid reader.
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)
- Clash by Night (1952) (photo above)
- Monkey Business (1952)
- Don't Bother to Knock (1952)
- Niagara (1953)
- Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) - famously co-starred with Jane Russell in this, who became her friend and leading defender
- 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) - a critically acclaimed movie and commercial success, despite a tumultuous, conflict-ridden filming)`
- The Misfits (1961)
Rights of Publicity
In 2012, the Ninth Circuit held that there was no continuing right of publicity concerning Marilyn Monroe (thought copyrights would continue in some of the photos and movies of her):
|“||Because Monroe died domiciled in New York, New York law applies to the question of whether Monroe LLC has the right to enforce Monroe's posthumous right of publicity. Because no such right exists under New York law, Monroe LLC did not inherit it through the residual clause of Monroe's will, and cannot enforce it against Milton Greene or others similarly situated. We observe that the lengthy dispute over the exploitation of Marilyn Monroe's persona has ended in exactly the way that Monroe herself predicted more that fifty years ago: "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."||”|
Milton H. Greene Archives v. Marilyn Monroe LLC, 692 F.3d 983, 1000 (9th Cir. 2012) (quoting Marilyn Monroe, My Story 123-24 (Cooper Square Press 2000)).
Baseball great Joe DiMaggio was married to Marilyn Monroe until she filed for a divorce, but reportedly they were on good terms again by 1962, and according to at least one of Monroe's friends she was planning to remarry DiMaggio when Monroe unexpected died at age 36. DiMaggio said that Monroe was a:
|“||warmhearted girl that those people in Hollywood took advantage of.||”|
Speculation has swirled for decades over whether Marilyn Monroe kept a diary, which could reveal an enormous amount about prominent historical figures. "Half-a-century after her death, Monroe's diary entries, poems and letters that she left to her acting teacher Lee Strasberg are to be published this month in a tome called 'Fragments.'"  Accordingly to one report of unlikely accuracy, Marilyn Monroe had a diary that is in a vault at UCLA, and will not be unsealed until 2039.
Funeral and Grave
Monroe had no close family members at the time of her death. Her second husband, baseball great Joe DiMaggio, had reportedly rekindled their relationship and he stepped up to make arrangements for a proper funeral and burial. He intentionally did not invite Hollywood types, as he considered them responsible for causing problems for Marilyn.
Monroe's grave is the 4th most visited in the world, and an annual memorial service is conducted there at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles. Ironically, Monroe has a connection with perhaps the most-often visited grave in the world, that of President John F. Kennedy.
- Marilyn Monroe and the Deep State
- Ingmar Bergman
- Joe DiMaggio
- Salma Hayek
- New York Yankees
- Jayne Mansfield
- Hollywood values
- Rudolf Valentino
- Chappaquiddick incident
- IMDB Database
- Large collection of public domain images of Marilyn Monroe
- Lack of right of publicity analyzed
- Jay Margolis, Marilyn Monroe: A Case for Murder, at p.113.
- See Erskine Johnson, Redlands Daily Facts (newspaper), Feb 26, 1960.
- In comparison, Ingrid Bergman made about 48 movies in 46 years IMBd.