“Just because you fail once, doesn't mean you're gonna fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don't, then who will.”
“Itís better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone.”
“Sex is part of nature. I go along with nature.”
“Itís not true I had nothing on, I had the radio on.”
“I donít know who invented high heels, but all women owe him a lot.”
“Hollywood is a place where they'll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss, and fifty cents for your soul.”
“It takes a smart brunette to play a dumb blonde.”
Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, singer and model during the 1950s and 1960s. Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortensonin California on June 1st, 1926. Norma's mother, Gladys Pearl Baker, was unfortunately unable to care for Norma Jeane, and she placed in foster care. She moved from home to home until 1942 when she began a relationship with a neighbor's son, James Dougherty. Norma Jeane was still two years under the state's legal age to leave foster care when a former caretaker suggested the couple marry. The two were wed later that year.
In 1943, during World War II, James Dougherty enlisted as a Merchant Marine. James was eventually shipped out to the Pacific, leaving Norma Jeane with his mother. Shortly afterward, Norma began working in the Radioplane Munitions Factory. David Conover of the U.S. Army Air Forces' 1st Motion Picture Unit was sent to the factory to shoot morale-boosting photographs, noticed her and recommended she apply to the Blue Book Modeling Agency.
Norma Jeane quickly became one of Blue Book's most popular and successful models. Her success caught the attention of 20th Century Fox executive Ben Lyon, who arranged for her to take a screen test. Norma Jeane signed her first film contract with 20th Century Fox in 1946. Later that year, she stayed with Ben Lyon and his wife Bebe Daniels?there they decided on Norma's new stage name, Marilyn Monroe. Monroe made several small appearances in movies before being released from her contract in 1947.
In 1950, Monroe was cast in the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer drama The Asphalt Jungle, which received positive reviews. Monroe successfully played several roles in other hit films and finally received her first lead role in 1952's Don't Bother to Knock. Monroe's performance eventually brought her 1953 lead role in a film noir called Niagara. From there Monroe's career skyrocketed; she performed in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) and The Seven Year Itch (1955).
In 1956, Monroe performed in Bus Stop, which was hailed by critics and earned her a Golden Globe Nomination, though she did not receive the award until 1959 for her performance in Some Like It Hot. Monroe's health began to decline, however. She gained a reputation for personal problems and difficulty to work with; her last completed film was The Misfits (1961) and Monroe died of an overdose on August 5th, 1962.