Death of Marilyn Monroe

Tarah Hall

Who? What? When? Why?

Actress Marilyn Monroe was born as Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926 in Los Angeles, California. During her all-too-brief life, Marilyn Monroe overcame a difficult childhood to become one of the world's biggest and most enduring sex symbols. During her career, Monroe's films grossed more than $200 million. Monroe died of a drug overdose on August 5, 1962, at only 36 years old.
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Perspective #1

Many conspiracy stories on how Marilyn Monroe died:

1. Suicide was the lesser believed theory. It was rumored that Monroe was distressed several weeks before she died. She was found face down with sleeping pill bottles strategically arranged near her bed.

2. Accidental Overdose: it was a tragic accident, Monroe's death wasn't the first time she had overdosed.

3. Murder is the most popular theory, an overwhelming amount of conspiracy theorists believe the Kennedy's murdered Monroe, or that the Kennedy's at least had a hand in her death. Monroe supposedly had affairs with President John F. Kennedy and then his brother Robert F. Kennedy after the President passed her along to him.

http://www.ibtimes.com/marilyn-monroe-death-conspiracy-theories-how-did-norma-jean-die-photos-1944669

Perspective #2

Marilyn Monroe died as a result of " Medical negligence" and suffered from bipolar disorder. The actress famously suffered from severe insomnia and relied on a cycle of sedatives and amphetamines to help her function. Monroe was known for having a volatile temperament, sometimes to the detriment of her career. Autopsy report contained a psychological evaluation which said "Miss Monroe suffered from psychiatri disturbance for a long time, she experienced severe feats and frequent depressions. Mood changes were abrupt and unpredictable.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3080063/Marilyn-Monroe-died-result-medical-negligence.html

Media Bias explained

1962: Marilyn Monroe found dead.

Screen icon Marilyn Monroe has been found dead in bed at her Los Angeles home. The 36-year-old actress' body was discovered in the early hours of this morning by two doctors who were called to her Brentwood home by a concerned housekeeper. The doctors were forced to break into Miss Monroe's bedroom after being unable to open the door. She was found lying naked in her bed with an empty bottle of Nembutal sleeping pills by her side. The local coroner, who visited the scene later, said the circumstances of Miss Monroe's death indicated a "possible suicide.''

http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/august/5/newsid_2657000/2657289.stm

Criticism #1

Feminist Criticism is involved, saying that many suggested that it was highly unlikely she committed suicide but perhaps accidentally took an overdose of drugs.

Others suggested that a third party may have administered the drug.

Criticism #2

Historical Criticism is involved, Two months before Marilyn Monroe died, she had been fired by Fox Productions for repeatedly failing to turn up on the set of the film Something Has Got To Give. The production was never completed even though Monroe was re-hired by the film company on August 1st.