15 September 1954

Marilyn Monroe’s iconic skirt scene is shot during filming for The Seven Year Itch.

Marilyn Monroe, born Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926, and died on August 5, 1962, was an iconic American actress, model, and singer. She is one of the most enduring and celebrated sex symbols in the history of popular culture.

Early Life: Marilyn Monroe was born in Los Angeles, California, and had a challenging upbringing. She spent much of her childhood in foster homes and orphanages. She later married at a young age but divorced before embarking on her career in entertainment.

Modeling Career: Marilyn began her career as a model, initially working for various agencies in Los Angeles. Her beauty and charisma helped her gain attention, and she appeared on the covers of popular magazines.

Acting Career: Marilyn Monroe made her film debut in a bit part in the 1947 film “Dangerous Years.” However, her breakthrough came with roles in films like “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” (1953), “The Seven Year Itch” (1955), and “Some Like It Hot” (1959). Her performances in these movies showcased her comedic talent and sultry appeal.

Iconic Roles: Monroe’s most iconic roles often portrayed her as a glamorous, somewhat ditzy blonde bombshell, but she also displayed depth and vulnerability in films like “Bus Stop” (1956) and “The Misfits” (1961).

Personal Life: Marilyn Monroe’s personal life was marked by tumultuous relationships and struggles with mental health. She was married three times, including to baseball legend Joe DiMaggio and playwright Arthur Miller. She battled depression and substance abuse throughout her life.

Music Career: In addition to acting, Monroe had a music career and recorded several songs. Her rendition of “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” for President John F. Kennedy in 1962 became particularly famous.

Legacy: Marilyn Monroe’s tragic death at the age of 36 has contributed to her enduring mystique. She remains an iconic figure and continues to influence popular culture. Her image is frequently referenced in fashion, art, and media.

Cultural Impact: Monroe’s image and persona have been widely studied and analyzed by scholars and cultural critics. She is often seen as a symbol of femininity, sexuality, and the American dream. Her life and career have inspired countless books, documentaries, and biopics.

Posthumous Fame: Despite her untimely death, Marilyn Monroe’s popularity has not waned. Her films are still widely watched, and her memorabilia, including photographs and personal items, are highly sought after by collectors.

Marilyn Monroe Institute: In her memory, the Marilyn Monroe Institute was established to research and promote mental health and well-being, given her struggles with mental health during her lifetime.