Marilyn Monroe Biography, Untold Stories and Net Worth

True story and Facts about Marilyn Monroe

Name: Marilyn Monroe
Born:  Norma Jeane Mortenson
June 1, 1926
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Died August 4, 1962 (aged 36)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death Barbiturate overdose
Resting place Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery
Other names Norma Jeane Baker
Years active 1945–1962
James Dougherty
(m. 1942; div. 1946)
Joe DiMaggio
(m. 1954; div. 1955)
Arthur Miller
(m. 1956; div. 1961)

Who is Marilyn Monroe?

Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, model, actress, and singer (born 1926-1962), arguably one of the most famous women of the 20th century. Monroe has become an iconic representative of celebrity and feminine beauty. She is recognized as one of the most influential figures in American culture.
Marilyn Monroe became one of the most popular sex symbols in the 1950s and early 1960s, symbolizing the changing concept of sex in the era. Although she was only a top actress for a decade, her movie box office hit $ 200 million (equivalent to $ 2 billion in 2018). Marilyn Monroe, Norma Jane Mortensen, June 1926.
Her mother was Gladys Pearl Baker (1902-1908), her father was unknown, and she was baptized as Norma Jan Baker.Her mother, Gladys, was in a state of turmoil, struggling to raise her children. During the first six years, Marilyn was raised by foster parents, and Albert and Ida Bolender grew up in the town of Hawthorne, California. Marilyn’s father was a very young son. Marilyn’s father was a very young son. Marilyn was recaptured, but she suffered a nervous breakdown and Marilyn moved between different orphanages and foster families.
Due to her childhood trauma, Marilyn was shy and introverted. In 1942, Marilyn Monroe married her 21-year-old neighbor Jimmy Doherty just after her 16th birthday. In 1943, her husband left, joined a merchant ship, and participated in the American war. They separated after.


Marilyn Monroe appearing in Yank Army Weekly

To make a living, Marilyn got a job at a local weapons factory in Burbank, California. Marilyn has her first major breakthrough here. Photographer David Conover is reporting on a military factory to show how women work in war.

Norma’s beauty and photogenic nature impressed him, and he used her in many photos. This led her to a modeling career and soon became the cover of many magazines.

1946 was a crucial year for Marilyn, who divorced her young husband and changed her name from the boring Norma Baker to the more charming Marilyn Monroe ( After grandmother).

She attended a drama class and signed her first film contract with Twentieth Century Fox. Her first few films were low-key, but from these, it played in movies such as “About Eve”, “Niagara” and later gentlemen such as Brandy and how to marry a hundred blondes More prominent roles.


Marilyn Monroe
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Movie Trailer

These successful film roles thrust her into the global limelight. She became an iconic figure of Hollywood glamour and fashion. She was an epitome of sensuality, beauty and effervescence and was naturally photogenic. But she often found the trappings of fame difficult to deal with.

“When you’re famous you kind of run into human nature in a raw kind of way. It stirs up envy, fame does. People you run into feel that, well, who does she think she is, Marilyn Monroe? They feel fame gives them some kind of privilege to walk up to you and say anything to you, of any kind of nature — and it won’t hurt your feelings — like it’s happening to your clothes not you.”

– Marilyn Monroe (A Life of the Actress, 1993)

In 1954, she married baseball star Joe DiMaggio, a friend of over two years. Monroe was now one of biggest box-office draws of Hollywood, but her contract, negotiated in 1950, left her paid less than other stars. Also, Monroe didn’t wish to be typecast as a ‘blonde bombshell’ – just playing simple roles in comedies and musicals.

In a dispute over pay and choice of acting, she was temporarily suspended by 20th Century Fox, but eventually, they acceded to some of Monroe’s demands and gave her higher pay.

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In September 1954, she starred in “The Seven Year Itch”, which attracted widespread media attention after her successful stunt performance in Lexington Street, New York.

In 1955, she sought greater independence from Fox, started her own film production, and began researching acting methods. Although the media often shrugged off Monroe’s potential, her efforts to improve her acting skills paid off, and later films were widely acclaimed for her wide range of performing arts.

She was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Bus Station (1956). In 1959, she won the Golden Globe for her role in Hot Love.

Due to his jealousy and control, her relationship with Joe DiMaggio quickly became tense. Monroe quickly applied for a divorce, and despite the divorce, the couple maintained a friendship. Monroe began dating the playwright Arthur Miller and married in 1956. To get married, Monroe converted to Judaism.

The marriage attracted widespread media attention for a combination of left-wing intellectual Miller and Monroe, considered a “dumb blonde”. Marriage is sometimes called “Egghead Weds Hourglass” and you are welcome.

To complicate matters, Miller was investigated for alleged “communist sympathy.” Media bosses encouraged Monroe to end the relationship, but Monroe remained unmoved. The FBI opened a file for her, worried about her husband’s political views.

Health Issues

In the late 1950s, and early 1960, her health began to deteriorate. She suffered from a Barbiturate addiction and experienced periods of depression. Her marriage to Miller broke down, and she had affairs with Yves Montand, Frank Sinatra and others.

During the 1960s, her ill health made shooting films challenging, and production was often delayed. She was still in great demand and often appeared on the front cover of glossy magazines. In 1962, she was invited to the White House to sing for J.F. Kennedy’s birthday.

Marilyn Monroe – Tragic Death

Marilyn Monroe, a troubled beauty who failed to find the happiness of Hollywood’s brightest star, discovered a 36-year-old barbiturate (sleeping pills) in her home in Brentwood in 1962.

The blonde, 36-year-old actress was naked, lying face down in bed with a phone receiver in her hand, when a psychiatrist broke into her room at 3: 30 am.

She has been dead for six to eight hours.

Around 5: 15 p.m. on Saturday, she called psychiatrist Ralph Greenson, who was told to go for a ride when she complained about her inability to sleep, the police reported.

Her body was taken to the county morgue, where the coroner Theodore J.After an autopsy, Curphey said he could give a “presumed opinion” that the death was due to some drug overdose.

He said a special “Suicide Squad” would be asked to investigate Miss Monroe’s last days to determine if she committed suicide.

He said further medical examinations would be completed within 48 hours.

An empty bottle with 50 Nembutal capsules was found in several drugs near her bed. Dr. Hyman Ingeborg said the prescription was given two or three days ago and the capsules were taken once a night.

Believed in Depressed Mood

It was learned that medical authorities believed Miss Monroe had been in a depressed mood recently. She was unkempt and in need of a manicure and pedicure, indicating listlessness and a lack of interest in maintaining her usually glamorous appearance, the authorities added.

The coroner’s office listed the death on its records as possible suicide while the police report said death was possibly accidental.

No suicide note was found.

Dr. Robert Litman, a psychiatrist serving on the suicide team, said notes are left by less than 40% of those who take their own lives. Miss Monroe’s body was discovered after her housekeeper and companion, Mrs. Eunice Murray, awoke about 3 a.m. and saw a light still burning in the actress’ room.

Mrs. Murray found the bedroom door locked. She was unable to arouse Miss Monroe by shouts and rapping on the door, and immediately telephoned Dr. Greenson.

Her Broke Bedroom Window

Dr. Greenson took a poker from the fireplace, smashed in a window and climbed into the room.

He told Det. Sgt. R. E. Byron that Miss Monroe was under a sheet and champagne-colored blanket which were tucked up around her shoulders.

Dr. Greenson took the telephone receiver from her hand and told Mrs. Murray, “She appears to be dead.”

He called Dr. Engelberg, who had prescribed the sleeping pills for the actress, who pronounced her dead on his arrival at the house a short time later. Dr. Engelberg called police at 4:20 a.m. and two officers arrived in five minutes, followed by Sgt. Byron at 5 a.m.

Bryon said he learned that Miss Monroe had called Dr. Greenson Saturday night and talked with him for about an hour. He quoted the psychiatrist as saying: “I was under the impression she was going to take a ride . . . to the beach or something like that.”

Byron said he went through the rambling Spanish style home at 12305 5th Helena Dr. and found “nothing unusual or amiss.”

He reported there were between 12 to 15 medicine bottles on Miss Monroe’s bedside stand, some with prescription labels.

Miss Monroe only recently bought the $75,000 house and it was only partially furnished.

By dawn reporters and photographers were milling around its lawns and swimming pool, silent in the morning quiet as officials closed out the life of one of filmland’s most glamorous stars.

Home Sealed Up

Miss Monroe’s body was wrapped in a pale blue blanket and strapped to a stretcher as it was removed from the home. Seals were placed on entrances to the home with the notice:

“Any person breaking into or entering these premises will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

A special guard was hired to watch the home.

Miss Monroe’s body was loaded into the back of a station wagon and transported to the Westwood Village Mortuary, just yard away from the gravesites of her grandmother and one of her guardians in early life.

The body later was transferred to the County Morgue where the nation’s No. 1 glamour girl became Coroner’s Case No. 81128 and the body was placed in Crypt 33.

Rites Tentatively Set

Funeral services are tentatively scheduled Wednesday afternoon at Westwood Village Mortuary chapel.

Her mother, Mrs. Gladys Baker Eley, 59, is a patient in the Rockhaven Sanitarium in Verdugo City.

News of Miss Monroe’s tragic death quickly circulated to much of the world. Even Moscow Radio made mention of it.

Friends of the actress were stunned, unbelieving and saddened.

Joe DiMaggio, baseball hero and the actress’ second husband, flew here from San Francisco as soon as he heard. His face was lined and he appeared deeply saddened when he alighted from a United Air Lines plane.

First Husband Silent

DiMaggio checked into a Santa Monica hotel, where he declined to talk with reporters or pose for pictures.

He and Miss Monroe had been seeing each other recently since her third attempt at marriage, with playwright Arthur Miller, collapsed in 1961.

In Woodbury, Conn., Miller replied “I don’t, really” when asked if he had any comment.

Her first husband was Jim Dougherty, now a Los Angeles policeman. His only comment was, “I’m sorry.” One of the first friends to arrive at the home Sunday morning was Pat Newcomb, a close friend of the actress and her press agent.    Miss Newcomb, nearly hysterical with grief, sobbed:

“When your best friend kills herself, how do you feel? What do you do?”

She said she spent Saturday evening with Miss Monroe, had a quiet dinner and left the home about 7 p.m.

Marilyn Death is Believed to be Accidental

“This must have been an accident,” she said. “Marilyn was in perfect physical condition and was feeling great.

“We had made plans for today. We were going to the movies this afternoon.”

Milton Rudin, Miss Monroe’s attorney, also went to the house and told reporters he had talked with the star Saturday

“She appeared to be happy,” he said. “She wanted to see me in my office Monday.”

Miss Monroe was hopeful she could settle her difficulties with 20th Century-Fox Studios which earlier this summer fired her from the movie, “Something’s Got to Give.”

The studio claimed she refused to report for work costing it $2 million because of delays. It sued her for a half million dollars.

Despite this, Rudin said Miss Monroe hoped to work out a settlement with the studio and get the picture back in production.

Miss Monroe claimed throughout the dispute with 20th Century-Fox that she was ill and unable to report for work.

“She wanted to finish everything she started,” said Rudin.

Some believed Miss Monroe was depressed because her career was supposedly on the skids after two straight movie flops in “Let’s Make Love” and “The Misfits” – her last two movies.

But friends were nearly unanimous in believing her death was accidental.

They said two motion pictures executives were bidding for her services at the time of her death. One of them was reportedly J. Lee Thompson, director of the film “The Guns of Navarone,” who planned to meet with her Tuesday.

Producer Sam Spiegel also wanted her to star in a picture for him, it was reported.

Miss Monroe had received an offer of $55,00 a week to star in a night club appearance in Las Vegas recently, but she turned it down.

Further evidence that her career was on the upswing was indicated by a typewritten message on a table in her home.

It was from a representation of Anita Loos, creator of “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” and said:

“Dear Miss Monroe: On behalf of Anita Loos, now in Europe, we would like to know if you would be interested star role new musical based on French play ‘Gogo.’ Book by Anita Loos, lyrics by Gladys Shelley and enchanting music by Claude Leville. Can send you script and music if you express interest. (signed) Natalia Danesi Murray.”

Grossed $200 Million

An associate of Miss Monroe said her 23 pictures since 1950 when she had a bit role in the “Asphalt Jungle” have grossed $200 million.

“Does that sound like she was depressed about her career?” he asked.

By mid-morning Sunday the crowds of reporters, photographers and friends cleared away from the officially sealed home where the tormented actress had spent her last hours.

Miss Newcomb took the housekeeper home and carried with her Miss Monroe’s small white dog “Moff,” All that was left behind for the eye of the curious were the dog’s two stuffed toys, a tiger and lamb, lying in the rear yard.

Marilyn Monroe

Although Monroe cultivated the image of a “ stupid blonde ” through the power of media and performance-in fact, her image and personality were carefully cultivated and developed by her.

Despite being dismissed by many at the time, she adopted a powerful Hollywood studio system and unexpectedly developed her acting career.

However, behind her confident public role, she struggled with interpersonal relationships and resorted to heavy drug use, which had a devastating effect on her mental and physical health.

In a sense, Monroe realized the American dream-from anonymity to a famous actress, but it was a dream full of sadness, because fame did not bring inner peace or happiness.

Richard Poncher wanted to be entombed face down in his casket in the crypt he purchased above Marilyn Monroe’s.

Entrepreneur Richard Poncher sold everything from military surpluses to bulletproof vehicles to Al Capone. He also bought many things, including the mansion in Beverly Hills and Marilyn Monroe’s body lying above the cellar today.

When DiMaggio divorced Marilyn Monroe in 1954, he personally took over him, and Marilyn bought one of the cellars for sale. Richard’s wife, Elsey Ponch, didn’t know how her husband knew DiMaggio, but her husband eventually bought the crypt and bought one for her next.

He actually defeated Hugh Hefner, who also hoped to make Monroe better than Monroe by offering more money. Huffner settled beside her instead of, “Beside the eternal Marilyn, it’s too sweet to miss.”

So before Richard Poncher died in 1986 at the age of 81, he told his wife: “If I complain, if you don’t let me have a great dislike for Marilyn , I will haunt you for life. ”

After the funeral, Elsie told the curator that her husband had to face down in the coffin to be put back in place. Her husband was sent to the coffin,

Although the Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery is the home of eternal Dean Martin, Miff Griffin, Farah Foucault, and countless other stars, Marilyn’s grave remains the most visited The place. Fans continue to leave roses and lip kisses, even though the actress died more than 50 years ago.

In 2009, 25 years after her husband’s death, she needed about $ 1.6 million to pay off a mortgage on a luxury Hollywood home. So she decided to put the basement there, where her husband would rest and sell it on eBay. His body will be transferred to a crypt next to the body purchased for her, and she decides to cremate her when the ashes are hidden in her husband’s body.

Bidding starts at $ 500,000 and basements sell for more than $ 4.6 million. Unfortunately, the winner was unable to pay, so Richard Ponceau continued to watch Marilyn Monroe. Elsie Poncher, 70, can take out the money she needs and still live in her Hollywood home.


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Marilyn Monroe net worth:

Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, model, and singer  she had a total net worth equal to an inflation-adjusted $10 million at the time of her death in 1962.

“I am good, but not an angel. I do sin, but I am not the devil. I am just a small girl in a big world trying to find someone to love.”

-Marilyn Monroe



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