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 with 20th Century Fox.… Read More

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1926 - 1927 2 More Events
1928 2 Years Old Gladys had then married Martin Edward Mortensen in 1924, but they had separated after only a few months and before she had become pregnant with Monroe; they would divorce in 1928. … Read More
1933 7 Years Old Monroe lived with the Bolenders until the age of seven in 1933, when she was able to move in with her mother. … Read More
She was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and was institutionalized at the State Hospital in Norwalk in 1935, spending the rest of her life in and out of hospitals. … Read More


1937 11 Years Old Spoto and Banner agree that after briefly staying with Grace and her husband Erwin "Doc" Goddard, she lived for several months from November 1937 onwards with her maternal uncle's wife Olive Monroe and their children, and for over two years from September 1938 onwards with Grace's aunt, Ana Atchinson Lower, in West Los Angeles. … Read More
1940 14 Years Old Due to elderly Lower's health issues, Monroe moved to live with the Goddards in Van Nuys in either late 1940 or early 1941, and after graduating from Emerson began attending Van Nuys High School. … Read More
1942 16 Years Old 1 More Event
They married on June 19, 1942, after Monroe had just turned 16. … Read More
1944 18 Years Old He was initially stationed on Santa Catalina Island off California's coast, and she lived with him there for several months until he was shipped out to the Pacific in April 1944. … Read More


1946 - 1949 5 More Events
After signing on with Johnny Hyde, Monroe had brief roles in three films, A Ticket to Tomahawk, Right Cross, and The Fireball, all of which were released in 1950 and brought no attention to her career. … Read More
1951 25 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1951, Monroe enrolled at University of California, Los Angeles, where she studied literature and art appreciation. … Read More
In 1952, Monroe appeared on the cover of Look magazine wearing a Georgia Tech sweater as part of an article celebrating female enrollment to the school's main campus. … Read More
1953 27 Years Old 1 More Event
Monroe's films of this period established her "dumb blonde" persona and contributed to her popularity. In 1953 and 1954, she was listed in the annual "Quigley Poll of the Top Ten Money Making Stars", which was compiled from the votes of movie exhibitors throughout the United States for the stars that had generated the most revenue in their theaters over the previous year. "I want to grow and develop and play serious dramatic parts. … Read More
Monroe and Joe DiMaggio were married in San Francisco on January 14, 1954. … Read More
The filming was completed in early 1955, and after refusing what she considered to be inferior parts in The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing and How to Be Very, Very Popular, Monroe decided to leave Hollywood on the advice of Milton Greene. … Read More


…  In 1956, she was pictured in Life magazine with Victor Mature greeting the Queen of the United Kingdom.
1957 - 1960 4 More Events
During the following months, Monroe's dependence on alcohol and prescription medications began to take a toll on her health, and friends such as Susan Strasberg later spoke of her illness. Her divorce from Arthur Miller was finalized in January 1961, with Monroe citing "incompatibility of character", and in February she voluntarily entered the Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic. … Read More
In 1962, Monroe began filming Something's Got to Give, which was to be the third film of her four-film contract with 20th Century Fox. … Read More
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