There was a time when everyone may have known sex goddess, Mae West. In her day and age, they was not only recalled for her style, but her own method of delivering her sexual innuendos as well. It can be said, however, that Marilyn Monroe will always be recalled as the sex goddess of the 20th Century. Monroe became an icon for several reasons. Besides being physically voluptuous, they was stereotyped as the dumb simple blonde. They was also married to figures who were well-known in the public eye. They was also involved in scandal with President John F. Kennedy and his more youthful father, Bobby Kennedy. Monroe also surpassed an ugly childhood filled with emotional deprivation, and became enveloped in her Hollywood dream, which would shed definite truths as they continued carving her fate within that realm.
There's been books written about Monroe. Elton John sang a tragic song about her ("Norma Jeane"). Over thirty years after the death of Mae West, there's those who would must listen to about who they was in the entertainment industry to know who they was. Over thirty years after Monroe's death, however, while one that may not ever have seen of her movies, that person will over likely know who they was. They is indeed of the most popular icons that was produced out of the film industry. To understand who they was involves learning about all the circumstances of her life, childhood, experiences in the beginning, middle and finish with the film industry, her marriages, public awareness and finally, the speculation concerning her demise.


Monroe's birth name was Norma Jean Mortenson ("Jean" is later spelled "Jeane"). Her sister suffered from a kind of mental disease involving emotional issues. Regrettably, Monroe was cared for in foster homes and orphanages.
"...Norma Jeane, aged seven, went to live briefly with her mother, Gladys Baker. Hardly had mother and daughter settled in when Gladys became ill again and had to be hospitalized. Responsibility for Norma Jeane fell on Glady's best friend, Grace Mcee, who worked with her in a film laboratory. It was 'Aunt Grace' who first encouraged Norma Jeane to believe that she was destined to be a star like Jean Harlow." ("Marilyn Monroe" by Barbara Learning, 1998).
From the circumstances in which Monroe was born, they was a victim of her immediate surroundings. Where the cause is emotional deprivation, the effect can leave with depression, low self-esteem as well as a lack of confidence. If anything, from her experiences, they learne din time that they had power in her sexuality. It ought to be noted, however, that they was influenced to some extent by her part-time caregiver outside the orphanage or foster homes that this aspect of her being was to her benefit. It is mournful to further note they was sexually assaulted when they was a infant, which sore memories were only to return later in her life, by men who were more interested in her body than in putting her in to a film. 
"When Marilyn approached Howard Hawks one weekend in Palm Springs, the director made it clear that he saw nothing special about her. He thought she was stupid and told her so. He wasn't even interested in a sexual encounter." ("Marilyn Monroe" by Barbara Learning, 1998).

Teenage Years

Monroe was married for the first time at the age of 16 to Jimmy Dougherty which was fundamentally an arranged marriage so they could avoid being placed in another foster home. When Dougherty was shipped out in the work of the war in 1944, Monroe stayed together with his parents & worked at the Radio Plane Company. United States Army photographer, David Conover, for the purpose of displaying females at work, photographed her at age 18. Conover told her that "she was  to model." In due work, this led to her being registered with a modeling agency. The agency, in turn, sent Monroe to a charm school & before long, her face appeared on the covers of magazines. In the work of this period of her life, they divorced her husband, changed her name from Norma Jeane to Marilyn Monroe & contracted with 20th Century-Fox in 1946. There, they only had films with minor parts & the studio finally dropped her because Darryl Zanuck did not think they was pretty. Columbia Pics seized her in 1948 for a brief time period as well. They had a part in a musical called Ladies of the Chorus made in 1949, & another part in Love Happy that same year.

Movies - 1950s

Monroe was contracted again in 1950 by 20th Century-fox. This time, her parts gained more attention. They had roles in films, Asphalt Jungleand All About Eve. In 1951,she was in Love Nest; in 1952, they did Clash By Night, which was her first film to have "star billing," & Monkey Business with Cary Grant & Ginger Rogers. In 1953, her first major role was in the film, Don't Bother to Knock. Soon thereafter, Monroe was starring in leading roles in movies like Niagra & How to Marry a Millionaire. They played the smart blonde named Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. In 1954, they made River of No Return & There is No Business Like Show Business. In 1955, Billy Wilder directed Monroe in The Seventeen Year Itch. Monroe clearly had natural sex appeal & became known as the sex symbol of her day & age. Her wide eyes charmed her audience as well as catching the attention of her followers with physical attributes. In fact, people still mimic her "happy birthday, Mr. President," singing presentation.


Monroe married Joe DiMaggio in 1954, which lasted for less than a year. Even while they was escorting her to the premier of The Seven-Year Itch, with the famous subway-grating scene ("cooling" herself), they was seeing playwright, Arthur Miller, on the side. Monroe felt Miller respected her & although they met in 1951, it was not until 1955 when they would have the beginnings of a heavy love affair. In that same year, they became frustrated together with her roles that were of the same stereotype. They desired to form her own production company, so they went to New York & took classes at the Actors Studio under the guidance of Lee Strasberg. They was persuaded to stay at 20th Century-Fox where they was satisfied that they would have more creative control. They married Miller in 1956 & in 1957, they made a film with Laurence Olivier, The Prince & the Showgirl, of her unpopular films. In 1959, they was directed by Billy Wilder again in Some Like It Hot & in 1960, they made Let's Make Love.


It is mournful to know, but not difficult to understand, how Monroe could succumb to depression. They faithfully saw a psychiatrist, but in time, they became undependable which may have been a result of her usage of prescription drugs. Her last move was The Misfits in 1961. Miller wrote it for her & it was made under the direction of John Huston, the second time they worked with him. They divorced Miller a week after the film opened.
In the summertime of 1962, Monroe was terminated from her last film & soon after that, they was discovered dead at home. They was allegedly a victim of a barbiturate overdose because suicide was not ruled out. Indeed, there has been a fair amount of speculation as to the causes of her death as well as her life's story over the coursework of time. It is because they is such an icon for her time on this planet that authors were led to write about her existence, as well as producers of film documentaries.
In Denise Worrell's Icons, they writes about modern day Madonna being an icon. Therein, Madonna states,
"I also loved ... Marilyn Monroe. ...just incredibly funny, and ... silly and sweet and ... feminine and sexy. ...I also had this idea that Marilyn Monroe had a glow or white light around her. I saw her in some old black-and-white movie on TV and I just thought I wanted to have that glow too...."
With the reading of the circumstances of Monroe's early life and her early adult years, it is clear that has to possess an inner strength to be as determined as they was to persevere despite her inner pain. That is, they had a lot baggage which appeared to scream, "am I loveable?"

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