The Death of Marilyn Monroe

By: Nicole Ford

The Life of Norma Jeane Mortensen

Norma Jeane was born on June 1, 1926 in Los Angeles, California. At an early age, her father left. Due to this event, her mother became very mentally unstable. She was eventually sent to a mental institute and Norma went to an orphanage. She went through many foster homes. She was discovered in 1945 by a photographer by the name of David Conover. In 1946 she made first National Magazine Cover and signed a contract with 20th century fox. By February 1956, she legally changed her name to Marilyn Monroe. Close to the final years of her life, she became really difficult to work with. She was ill and had personal problems. She was 36 when she died.
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The Way Media Portrays Her Death

On August 5th, 1962, Marilyn Monroe was found dead in her Los Angeles home by the house keeper. The house keeper said that she noticed Monroe's room light still on around midnight. She grew concerned when she noticed the light was still on around three a.m. When the house keeper looked in the window, she had noticed Monroe laying on the bed naked, with a telephone in one hand and a bottle of empty pills on the table beside her. No one is quite sure what exactly happened to the actress, but there is a bunch of conspiracy about whether she was murdered, if it was suicide, or if it was an accident.

Here's the news story about the death:

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Conspiracy Theories.

The first theory about how she died is the fact that she purposely overdosed on an anti-depressant, which means she committed suicide.

The second theory was that it was an accident. They say that she didn't mean to take as many anti-depressants as she did, because it reacted with the large amount of Nembutal that she had taken to help her sleep.

The third theory behind this was the fact that someone planned this and forced her to take these barbiturates.


The type of bias that you see throughout stories about Marilyn Monroe's death is bias of source selection. It's because each story that you read about her death has their own way of explaining what they believe happened to Monroe. They try to use this bias to persuade the audience to see it in their way. They use it to make their point seem stronger than the other.
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The type of criticism that I've noticed from all the stories of Marilyn Monroe's death is historical. I chose historical because you see a lot of different stories of the death itself. And each story seems to have a very different viewpoint of how they think it happened. There are even still some people today that are writing about what happened and how they think it happened. But in all reality, no one but Marilyn Monroe has a clue of what happened that night.
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Marilyn Monroe- School Project