Marilyn Monroe

Born Jun 1, 1926

Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, singer, model and showgirl who became a major sex symbol, starring in a number of commercially successful motion pictures during the 1950s. 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 drew attention to her—by now her hair was dyed blonde.… Read More

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1926 - 1928 3 More Events
1933 7 Years Old Although the Bolenders wanted to adopt Monroe, by the summer of 1933, Gladys felt stable enough for Monroe to move in with her and bought a small house in Hollywood. … Read More
1935 9 Years Old In the summer of 1935, she briefly stayed with Grace and her husband Erwin "Doc" Goddard and two other families, until Grace placed her in the Los Angeles Orphans Home in Hollywood in September 1935. … Read More
1936 10 Years Old Encouraged by the orphanage staff, who thought that Monroe would be happier living in a family, Grace became her legal guardian in 1936, although she was not able to take her out of the orphanage until the summer of 1937. … Read More


1938 - 1940 2 More Events
1942 16 Years Old As a solution, she married their neighbors' son, 21-year-old factory worker James "Jim" Dougherty, on June 19, 1942, just after her 16th birthday. … Read More
1944 18 Years Old 1 More Event
He was initially stationed on Catalina Island, where she lived with him until he was shipped out to the Pacific in April 1944; he would remain there for most of the next two years. … Read More
1945 19 Years Old 1 More Event
Although none of her pictures were used by the FMPU, she quit working at the factory in January 1945 and began modeling for Conover and his friends.


According to the agency's owner, Emmeline Snively, Monroe was one of its most ambitious and hard-working models; by early 1946, she had appeared on 33 magazine covers for publications such as Pageant, U.S. Camera, Laff, and Peek.
1947 - 1950 8 More Events
1951 25 Years Old 1 More Event
Despite her grief, 1951 became the year in which she gained more visibility. … Read More
1952 26 Years Old 1 More Event
Regardless of the popularity her sex appeal brought, Monroe wished to present more of her acting range, and in the summer of 1952 appeared in two commercially successful dramas. … Read More
Monroe starred in three movies released in 1953, emerging as a major sex symbol and one of Hollywood's most bankable performers. … Read More
…  She was briefly suspended in early 1954 for refusing a film project, but returned to star in one of the biggest box office successes of her career, The Seven Year Itch (1955). … Read More
Announcing its foundation in a press conference in January 1955, Monroe stated that she was "tired of the same old sex roles. … Read More


Monroe began 1956 by announcing her win over 20th Century-Fox; the press, which had previously derided her, now wrote favorably about her decision to fight the studio. … Read More
1957 - 1960 5 More Events
Monroe and Miller separated after filming wrapped, and she was granted a quick divorce in Mexico in January 1961. … Read More
…  Although she was a top-billed actress for only a decade, her films grossed $200 million by the time of her unexpected death in 1962. … Read More
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