The secret life of Marilyn Monroe

By: Shyanne and jillian

Life as a child

Marilyn Monroe's original name is Norma Jean Mortenson, and was born on June 1 1926,

Los Angeles California. Due to her mothers mental instability Marilyn was shuffled around in many foster care homes till the age of sixteen. For seven years Marilyn lived in foster homes and moved back in with her mother at the year of 1933. Unfortunately Marilyn's mother was showing signs of mental depression and was admitted into a rest home in Santa Monica. A close friend of her mothers was willing to take Marilyn in. Her new guardian was married in 1935 and due to financial difficulties Marilyn was placed back into a orphanage from 1935 to June 1937. She was frequently visited by her former guardian and was taken to the movies, bought cloths, and tought to put on makeup as an early age. Then she ended up later living with her guardians relatives. She then moved back under her guardians protection and was to marry Jim Dougherty on June 19, 1942.


At the age of sixteen Marilyn was to marry Jim Dougherty and later on divorce. On January 14, 1954, Joe DiMaggio, world famous former New York Yankee star baseball player, and Monroe were married. Being two rags-to-riches kids, their marriage made headlines. DiMaggio and Monroe's marriage was a troubled one, which reached its boiling point on September 1954 during the filming of the now famous scene in The Seven-Year Itch(1955), a comedy in which Monroe had top billing. In this legendary scene, Monroe stood over a subway grate while the breeze from below blew her white dress up into the air. While excited onlookers whistled and clapped for more, director Billy Wilder turned it into a publicity stunt and the scene was shot again. DiMaggio, who was on the set, flew into rage. The marriage ended shortly thereafter: the two separated in October 1954, after only nine months of marriage. Two years later, Monroe married American playwright Arthur Miller on June 29, 1956. During the marriage, Monroe suffered two miscarriages, began taking sleeping pills. Marilyn and Arthur later divorced in 1961

Becoming Marilyn Monroe

During world was II she worked at the Radio Plane Company in Van Nuys, California, but she was soon discovered by photographers. she then enrolled in a three-month modeling course, and in 1946, aware of her considerable charm and the potential it had for a career in films, she obtained a divorce from Dougherty. She then headed for Holly Wood, where Ben Lyon head of casting at Twentieth Century Fox, arranged a screen test. On August 26, 1946, she signed a one hundred twenty-five dollars a week, one-year contract with the studio. Ben Lyon was the one who suggested a new name for the young actress---Marilyn Monroe. During her first year at Fox, she did not appear in any films, and her contract was not renewed. In the spring 1948 Columbia Pictures hired her for a small part in Ladies of the Chorus. In 1950 John Huston cast her in Asphalt Jungle, a tiny part which landed her a role in All About Eve. She was not given a seven-year contract with Twentieth Century Fox and appeared in As Young As You Feel. In 1952, after an extensive publicity campaign, Monroe appeared in Don't Bother To Knock, Full House, Clash by Night, We're Not Married, Niagara, Monkey Business. She was earned top dollars for Twentieth Century Fox.

Becoming a Model

With her husband overseas, Monroe found a job at the Radio Plane Munitions Factory. Monroe was working at this factory when she was "discovered" by a photographer David Conover, who was photographing females working for the war effort. Conover's pictures of Monroe appeared in Yank magazine in 1945. Impressed by what he saw, Conover showed Monroe's photos to Potter Hueth, a commercial photographer. Hueth and Monroe soon struck a deal: Hueth would take picture of Monroe but she would only be paid if magazines bought her photos. This deal allowed Monroe to keep her day job at Radio Plane and model at night. By this time, several different photographers were taking pictures of Monroe for picture magazines. Often showing off Monroe's hourglass figure in two piece bathing suits. Monroe was such a popular pin-up girl that her picture could be found on several covers of pin-up magazines in the same month. In July 1946, these pin-up pictures brought Monroe to the attention of casting director Ben Lyon of Twentieth Century Fox who called Monroe to a screen test. Monroe's screen test was a great success in August, Twentieth Century Fox offered Monroe a six month contract with a studio having the option of renewing it every six months. When Dougherty returned, he was even less happy her his wife becoming a star lit. The couple divorced in 1946.

Famouse quotes of Marilyn Monroe

As Marilyn went thought one of the biggest times of her life she made many movie and films but also many famous quotes to inspire many young woman.Some of her famouse quotes are : Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring

I don't know who invented high heels, but all women owe him a lot

I am not interested in money. I just want to be wonderful.

I don't mind living in a man's world as long as I can be a woman in it.

The real lover is the man who can thrill you by kissing your forehead or smiling into your eyes or just staring into space.

If I'd observed all the rules, I'd never have got anywhere.

No one ever told me I was pretty when I was a little girl. All little girls should be told they're pretty, even if they aren't.

The horrible end

DiMaggio came back into her life and, by all accounts, desperately tried to bring some stability and calm to an existence that was veering dangerously out of control.

He tried to get her away from people who, to his mind, were nothing but trouble (including, it seems, the Kennedys), and even proposed to her, asking her to marry him again. It’s awful, now, to think that if Marilyn had been given a little more time, DiMaggio could have been just the person to pull her back from the brink — of depression, drugs, disastrous affairs with married men. In other words, he might have saved her life.

But a year and a half after her marriage to Miller ended, Marilyn — all of 36 years old — was dead. DiMaggio, it seems, could not protect her from whatever demons drove her. He was only in his 40s when Marilyn died on August 5, 1962, but he never married again.Here, presents pictures from October 6, 1954, when Marilyn stepped out of the house on North Palm Drive in Beverly Hills to announce she was seeking a divorce from DiMaggio on the grounds of “mental cruelty.” DiMaggio had initially been drawn (like a few hundred million other men) to Marilyn’s “sex goddess” persona — but he was never comfortable with her flaunting it, and was something of a self-admitted control freak. Neither DiMaggio nor Monroe could possibly have been content or satisfied in a marriage in which two such divergent personalities held sway.

The photographs here are not pleasant. They’re not easy to look at. There’s real pain in Marilyn’s face, posture and demeanor — the pain of a young woman who knows she’s doing the right thing, but who wishes all the same that there was some way, any way, that she could avoid doing it.

Still, these pictures tell one small but integral part of the Marilyn Monroe story, and capture the star at a pivotal point in her fraught life. She would marry again. She would make more movies in the coming years, including several classics. But deeper and more enduring pain was also in her future, and an especially discerning eye might see in these photographs something in Marilyn’s attitude that suggests she herself was aware of the gathering, ill-defined storm, and was bracing for it.

Of the October 1954 divorce filing, meanwhile, LIFE told its readers:

Even for Hollywood, where unhappy endings for the real love stories come with almost unseemly haste, this ending seemed abrupt. It was only last January that the press was mobbing the San Francisco city hall, waiting for Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe to emerge as newlywed man and wife. Now the press was gathered again in front of the DiMaggio home in Beverly Hills, waiting for Joe and Marilyn to come out as newly-separated man and wife.