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Sunday, November 25, 2007


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June 1
Norma Jeane
Mortensen is
born in Los
Angeles, CA

Norma Jeane
enters the

June 26
Left orphanage
to live with
Grace McKee

Went to live
with Anna

June 19
Married her
neighbor, James

Started work at
Radio Plane
Munitions Factory

April 26
First National
Magazine Cover
("Family Circle")

June 26
Photographed by
David Connover for
"Yank Magazine"

July 17
First interview at
20th Century Fox
with Ben Lyon

July 19
First screen test
for Fox

July 29
First time mentioned
in a Hollywood
gossip column

August 2
Applied to Blue Book
Modeling Agency

August 26
First studio contract
with Fox; changed
her name to Marilyn

September 13
Granted a divorce
from Jimmy

March 9
Signed contract with
Columbia Pictures

December 31
Met Johnny Hyde, her
agent, who dedicated
himself to promoting her

August 15
Started shooting
" A Ticket to
Sign contract
with MGM for
role in "The
Asphalt Jungle"

January 5
Started shooting
"The Fireball"

Landed part in
" All About Eve"

December 10
Signed seven-year
contract with Fox

March 29
Presenter at
The Academy

April 18
Started shooting
"The Love Nest"

September 8
First full-length
magazine feature in
"Colliers Magazine"

April 7
First "Life"
magazine cover"

June 1
Learned she was
cast in
Prefer Blondes"

August 31
Marilyn's live
radio debut

September 2
Grand Marchall
at Miss America

January 21
"Niagara" released
June 26
Left prints outside
Grauman's Chinese

September 13
First television
appearance on "The
Jack Benny Show"

Signed recording
contract with RCA

November 11
Premiere of "How to
Marry a Millionaire"

January 14
Married Joe DiMaggio at San Francisco City Hall
February 16
Started entertaining troops in Korea
May 29
Began filming "There's No Business Like Show Business"
October 5
Officially separated from Joe DiMaggio
October 27
Divorce granted from Joe DiMaggio
November 6
Honored at Hollywood party at Romanoff's
December 31
Formed Marilyn Monroe Productions
April 8
Appeard live on Edward R. Murrow's "Person to Person"
June 1
Premiere of "The Seven Year Itch"
February 9
Press conference with Laurence Olivier to announce joint project, "The Prince and the Showgirl"
February 25
Returned to Hollywood after one-year exile in New York
May 3
Began filming "Bus Stop"
June 29
Married Arthur Miller in Jewish ceremony
October 29
Presented "The Prince and the Showgirl" to Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Command Film Performance
June 18
Premiere of "The Prince and the Showgirl"
March 19
Premiere of "Some Like It Hot"
March 8
Received Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy for "Some Like It Hot"
January 20
Divorce from Arthur Miller granted
January 31
Premiere of "The Misfits"
Moved to Brentwood, CA home
March 5
Won Golder Globe for World Film Favorite
April 23
Began work on "Something's Got to Give"
June 1
Marilyn's last public appearance
June 22
Appeared on cover of "Life" magazine for the last time
June 23
Vogue photo session with Bert Stern
August 5
Marilyn Monroe died in her Brentwood, CA home
August 8
Funeral at Westwooed Memorial Park in Los Angelese, CA



Colors: Beige, black, white and red
Actors: Clark Gable, Charlie Chaplin, Charles Laughton, Will Rogers, Cary Grant, John Barrymore, Tyrone Power and Richard Widmark
Actresses: Greta Garbo, Jean Harlow, Ginger Rogers, Marie Dressler and Olivia DeHavilland
Artists: Goya, Picasso, El Greco, Michelangelo and Botticelli
Beverage: Dom Perignon 1953
Book: How Stanislavsky Directs by Michael Gorchakov
Female Singer: Ella Fitzgerald
Male Singer: Frank Sinatra
Film Performances: The Asphalt Jungle and Don't Bother to Knock
Photograph: Cecil Beaton's photo of Marilyn in her white dress
Musicians: Louis Armstrong, Earl Bostick, Ludwig Van Beethoven and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Plays: A Streetcar Named Desire and Death of a Salesman
Playwrights: Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams
Poets: John Keats and Walt Whitman
Restaurant: Romanoff's (in Hollywood)
Store: Bloomingdale's
Writers: Fyodor Dostoyevsky, J.D. Salinger, George Bernard Shaw and Thomas Wolfe
Personal Remembrance: Korea
Perfume: Chanel No. 5
Beauty Product: Nivea moisturizer



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Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend [Import] 2000
The Very Best Of 1999
Happy Birthday Mr. President [Import] 1999
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Movie Hits 1998
Great [Import] 1998
Marilyn Monroe [Import] 1998
Movie Hits [Import] 1998
The Essential Recordings 1997
Marilyn Monroe [Box Set] [Import] 1997
I Wanna Be Loved By You 1996
Marilyn Monroe (Hollywood Soundstage) 1992
Songs from the Movies 1992

Career Highlights

Career Highlights

Starred in 30 films

Playboy "Sweetheart" of the Month (December 1953)

Started own production company, Marilyn Monroe Productions (1955)


Golden Globe for "Female World Film Favorite 1954"

Nomination for Best Foreign Actress, 1956 British Academy Awards ("The Seven Year Itch")

Nomination for Best Foreign Actress, 1958 British Academy Awards ("The Prince and the Showgirl")

David Di Donatello Prize for Best Foreign Actress ("The Prince and the Showgirl," 1959)

Crystal Star Award for Best Foreign Actress ("The Prince and the Showgirl," 1959)

Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy ("Some Like It Hot," 1960)

Golden Globe for "Female World Film Favorite 1961"


Chosen by Empire Magazine as one of the "100 Sexiest Stars in Film History" (1995)

Voted Empire (UK) Magazine's "Sexiest Female Movie Star of all Time" (1995)

Ranked #8 in Empire (UK) Magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" (1997)

Named the Number One Sex Star of the 20th century by Playboy magazine (1999)

Voted "Sexiest Woman of the Century" by People Magazine (1999)

Voted 4th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly

Voted 2nd Greatest Movie Star of all time by Premiere Magazine

Ranked #6 on the American Film Institute's "50 Greatest Screen Legends" list

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Fast Facts

Fast Facts

Birth Name: Norma Jeane Mortenson
Also Known As: Norma Jeane Baker

Birth date: June 1, 1926
Birth place: Los Angeles, CA
Death date: August 5, 1962
Death place: Brentwood, CA
Burial location: Corridor of Memories, #24, at Westwood Memorial Park in Los Angeles, CA

Height: 5 feet 5 1/2 inches
Weight: Varied, 115 - 120 lbs.
Measurements: 37-23-36 (Studio's Claim); 35-22-35 (Dressmaker's Claim)
Hair color: Blond
Eyes: Blue

High schools: Van Nuys High School; University High School
Occupations: Model, Actress, Singer

Mother: Gladys Baker
Half-brother: Hermitt Jack Baker
Half-sister: Berniece Miracle

Marriages: Jimmy Dougherty (1942-1946); Joe DiMaggio (1954); Arthur Miller (1956-1961)
Stepchildren: Joe DiMaggio, Jr., Jane and Robert Miller

Did you know?
In 1999, Marilyn was named the Number One Sex Star of the 20th Century by Playboy magazine

In 1999, Marilyn was voted the 'Sexiest Woman of the Century' by People Magazine.

Issued on June 1, 1995, Marilyn was featured on a 32¢ US commemorative postage stamp.

Elton John recorded the song "Candle in the Wind" as a tribute to Marilyn Monroe.

In December 1953, she was the Playboy "Sweetheart" of the Month.

In February 1953, Marilyn was named the “The Most Advertised Girl in the World” by the Advertising Association of the West.

She was crowned Miss California Artichoke Queen in 1947.

In 1946, she began using the stage name Marilyn Monroe, but did not legally change her name until February 23, 1956.

Marilyn Monroe married Joe DiMaggio in San Francisco City Hall.

Marilyn Monroe was nominated for the 1956 British Academy Award for "Best Foreign Actress" in the Seven Year Itch.

About Marilyn Monroe

About Marilyn Monroe
"This girl had something I hadn't seen since silent pictures. She had a kind of fantastic beauty like Gloria Swanson and she radiated sex like Jean Harlow. She didn't need a soundtrack to tell her story."
-- Leon Shamroy, the cinematographer who shot Marilyn's first screen test

"Marilyn was one step from oblivion when I directed her in The Asphalt Jungle. I remember she impressed me more off the screen than on.there was something touching and appealing about her."
-- John Huston, director of The Misfits and The Asphalt Jungle

"She seemed very shy, and I remember that when the studio workers would whistle at her, it seemed to embarrass her."
-- Cary Grant, co-star in Monkey Business

"I did Niagara with her. I found her marvelous to work with and terrifically ambitious to do better. And bright. She may not have had an education, but she was just naturally bright."
-- Henry Hathaway, director of the 1952 film

"She represents to man something we all want in our unfulfilled dreams. A man, he's got to be dead not to be excited by her."
-- Jean Negulesco, director of How to Marry a Millionaire

"Marilyn's a phenomenon of nature, like Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon. All you can do is stand back and be awed by it."
-- Nunnally Johnson, producer of How to Marry a Millionaire

"It's a toss-up whether the scenery or the adornment of Marilyn Monroe is the feature of greater attraction in River of No Return. The mountainous scenery is spectacular, but so in her own way is Miss Monroe."
-- Bosley Crowther, movie critic for The New York Times

"She had a great natural dignity and was extremely intelligent. She was also exceedingly sensitive."
-- Edith Sitwell, poet

"Marilyn was history's most phenomenal love goddess."
-- Philippe Halsman, photographer

"She saw herself drowning in Hollywood in 1955 and told her studio, 'I'm not just wiggling my behind.' Marilyn is not any one thing; she's multidimensional. As an actress, she has lots of imitators- but only Marilyn survives."
-- Eli Wallach, Marilyn's co-star in The Misfits

"I saw that what she looked like was not what she really was, and what was going on inside her was not what was going on outside, and that always means there may be something to work with. In Marilyn's case, the reactions were phenomenal. She can call up emotionally what is required for a scene. Her range is infinite."
-- Lee Strasberg, creator-director of the Actors Studio

"She is a brilliant comedienne, which to me means she also is an extremely skilled actress."
-- Sir Laurence Olivier, co-star of The Prince and the Showgirl

"She was wonderful. We were taught never to clap at the Actors Studio-it was like we were in church-and it was the first time I'd ever heard applause there."
-- Kim Stanley, the actress who originated Marilyn's Bus Stop role on stage

"Marilyn is as near a genius as any actress I ever knew. She is an artist beyond artistry. She is the most completely realized and authentic film actress since Garbo. She has that same unfathomable mysteriousness. She is pure cinema."
-- Joshua Logan, director of Bus Stop

"Her quality when photographed is almost of a supernatural beauty."
-- Lee Strasberg

"Her work frightened her, and although she had undoubted talent, I think she had a subconscious resistance to the exercise of being an actress. But she was intrigued by its mystique and happy as a child when being photographed; she managed all the business of stardom with uncanny, clever, apparent ease."
-- Sir Laurence Olivier

"I've learned about living from her. I took her as a serious actress even before I met her. I think she's an adroit comedienne, but I also think she might turn into the greatest tragic actress that can be imagined."
-- Arthur Miller, writer and husband

"Her beauty and humanity shine through.she is the kind of artist one does not come on every day in the week. After all, she was created something extraordinary."
-- Arthur Miller

"She was an absolute genius as a comedic actress, with an extraordinary sense for comedic dialogue. It was a God-given gift. Believe me, in the last fifteen years there were ten projects that came to me, and I'd start working on them and I'd think, 'It's not going to work, it needs Marilyn Monroe.' Nobody else is in that orbit; everyone else is earthbound by comparison."
-- Billy Wilder, director of Some Like it Hot and The Seven Year Itch

"She had flesh which photographed like flesh. You feel you can reach out and touch it. Unique is an overworked word, but in her case it applies. There will never be another one like her, and Lord knows there have been plenty of imitations."
-- Billy Wilder

"She has a certain indefinable magic that comes across, which no other actress in the business has."
-- Billy Wilder

"They've tried to manufacture other Marilyn Monroes and they will undoubtedly keep trying. But it won't work. She was an original."
-- Billy Wilder

"Marilyn always dreamt of being an actress. She didn't, by the way, dream of being just a star. She dreamt of being an actress. And she had always lived somehow with that dream. And that is why, despite the fact that she became one of the most unusual and outstanding stars of all time, she herself was never satisfied. When she came to New York, she began to perceive the possibilities of really accomplishing her dream, of being an actress."
-- Lee Strasberg

"The last time I saw Marilyn was in late 1959, when I appeared in Let's Make Love at Fox. The wide-eyed Marilyn I had first known was gone. This Marilyn was more beautiful than ever."
-- Milton Berle, comedian

"Marilyn Monroe is the greatest farceuse in the business, a female Chaplin."
-- Jerry Wald, producer

"She listens, wants, cares. I catch her laughing across a room and I bust up. Every pore of that lovely translucent skin is alive, open every moment-even though this world could make her vulnerable to being hurt. I would rather work with her than any other actress. I adore her."
-- Montgomery Clift, Marilyn's co-star in The Misfits

"Marilyn is a kind of ultimate. She is uniquely feminine. Everything she does is different, strange, and exciting, from the way she talks to the way she uses that magnificent torso. She makes a man proud to be a man."
-- Clark Gable

"She went right down into her own personal experience for everything, reached down and pulled something out of herself that was unique and extraordinary. She had no techniques. It was all the truth, it was only Marilyn. But it was Marilyn, plus. She found things, found things about womankind in herself."
-- John Huston, director of The Asphalt Jungle and The Misfits

"It's a terrible pity that so much beauty has been lost to us."
-- John Huston

"I know people who say 'Hollywood broke her heart,' and all that, but I don't believe it. She was very observant and tough minded and appealing, but she adored and trusted the wrong people. She was very courageous-you know the book Twelve Against the Gods? Marilyn was like that, she had to challenge the gods at every turn."
-- George Cukor, director

"Nobody discovered her, she earned her own way to stardom."
-- Darryl Zanuck, president of 20th Century Fox

"Her death has diminished the loveliness of the world in which we live."
-- Life magazine

"Marilyn Monroe.the most fragile and loveable legend of all."
-- Look magazine

"She was beautiful and untouched, it was as though she were just beginning."
-- Bert Stern, photographer

"It's my feeling that Marilyn looked forward to her tomorrows."
-- Eunice Murray, Marilyn's housekeeper

"When you look at Marilyn on the screen, you don't want anything bad to happen to her. You really care that she should be all right.happy."
-- Natalie Wood

"When you speak of the American way of life, everybody thinks of chewing gum, coca-cola, and Marilyn Monroe."
-- the Russian magazine Nedvela

"Marilyn played the best game with the worst hand of anybody I know."
-- Edward Wagenknecht, author

"She's scared and unsure of herself. I found myself wishing that I were a psychoanalyst and she were my patient. It might be that I couldn't have helped her, but she would have looked lovely on a couch."
-- Billy Wilder

"She had such a magnetism that if 15 men were in a room with her, each man would be convinced he was the one she'd be waiting for after the others left."
-- Publicist Roy Craft

"She was pure of heart. She was free of guile. She never understood either the adoration or the antagonism which she awakened."
-- Edward Wagenknecht

"I love Marilyn Monroe. I think she was the coolest blonde. I think like me she just didn't care what anyone thinks. She's happy. She's smiling. I don't know, I just always thought she was so beautiful and she just seemed, like, magical."
-- Paris Hilton