Marilyn Monroe

1 Jun 1926 - 5 Aug 1962

Actor

Norma Jeane DiMaggio (formerly Dougherty, née Mortenson) (June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962), but baptized Norma Jeane Baker, better known as Marilyn Monroe, was an American actress, singer and model. After spending much of her childhood in foster homes, Monroe began a career as a model, which led to a film contract in 1946. Her early film appearances were minor, but her performances in The Asphalt Jungle and All About Eve (both 1950) were well received. By 1953, Monroe had progressed to leading roles. Her "dumb blonde" persona was used to comedic effect in such films as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) and The Seven Year Itch (1955). Limited by typecasting, Monroe studied at the Actors Studio to broaden her range, and her dramatic performance in Bus Stop (1956) was hailed by critics, and she received a Golden Globe nomination. Her production company, Marilyn Monroe Productions, released The Prince and the Showgirl (1957), for which she received a BAFTA Award nomination and won a David di Donatello award. She received a Golden Globe Award for her performance in Some Like It Hot (1959).

The final years of Monroe's life were marked by illness, personal problems, and a reputation for being unreliable and difficult to work with. The circumstances of her death, from an overdose of barbiturates, have been the subject of conjecture. Though officially classified as a "probable suicide", the possibility of an accidental overdose, as well as the possibility of homicide, have not been ruled out. In 1999, Monroe was ranked as the sixth greatest female star of all time by the American Film Institute. In the years and decades following her death, Monroe has often been cited as a pop and cultural icon as well as an eminent American sex symbol.

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Filmography (19 titles)

(movie, 1998)
···Marilyn in Manhattan
Role: Actor (as Herself)
(movie, 1997)
···L.A. Confidential
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Herself (archive footage) (uncredited))
(movie, 1961)
···The Misfits
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Roslyn Taber)
(movie, 1960)
···Let's Make Love
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Amanda Dell)
(movie, 1959)
···Some Like It Hot
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Sugar Kane Kowalczyk)
(movie, 1956)
···Bus Stop
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Cherie)
(movie, 1955)
···The Seven Year Itch
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as The Girl)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Role: Actor (as Vicky)
(movie, 1954)
···River of No Return
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Western
Role: Actor (as Kay Weston)
(movie, 1953)
···How to Marry a Millionaire
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Pola Debevoise)
(movie, 1953)
···Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Lorelei Lee)
(movie, 1953)
···Niagara
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Rose Loomis)
(movie, 1952)
···Monkey Business
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Miss Lois Laurel)
(movie, 1952)
···Clash by Night
Genre: Drama, Film-Noir
Role: Actor (as Peggy)
(movie, 1952)
···Don't Bother to Knock
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Nell Forbes)
(movie, 1952)
···We're Not Married!
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Annabel Jones Norris)
(movie, 1951)
···Love Nest
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Roberta 'Bobbie' Stevens)
(movie, 1950)
···All About Eve
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Miss Caswell)
(movie, 1950)
···The Asphalt Jungle
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Angela Phinlay)