June 1, 1926, in Los Angeles, California
Norma Jeane Mortenson later changed to Baker by her mother.
did she get her name then?
There are many stories about where her name came from,
but the most likely is from Fox talent scout Ben Lyon,
who got Marilyn her first screen test. The name is a derivative
of two names, one from stage actress Marilyn Miller (being
the first part) and her mother's maiden name, Monroe.
She legally changed her name to Marilyn Monroe in 1956.
many films was she in?
Twenty-nine. Although you would have a hard time finding
her in the earliest films. Her last film, which was never
finished, Something's Got To Give, would have been her
she really have six toes?
In 1946 a photograph was taken of Norma Jeane that appears
to show a sixth toe on her right foot. Some claim she
had the sixth toe surgically removed shortly thereafter.
However, first husband James Dougherty has firmly stated
that Marilyn had five toes on each foot.
37-23-34 (Studio claim)
35-22-35 (Dressmaker's claim)
Other reported measurements:
36-24-24 to 38-23-36
Reported ranges from 117 - 128
7 - 7-1/2
/ Lovers (real and rumoured)
John F. Kennedy
beige, black, white, and red
Marlon Brando, Clark Gable, Charlie Chaplin, Charles
Laughton, Will Rogers, Cary Grant, John Barrymore,
Tyrone Power, and Richard Widmark
Greta Garbo, Jean Harlow, Ginger Rogers, Marie Dressler,
Joan Crawford, and Olivia de Havilland
Dom Perignon 1953
Delphiniums and roses
Cecil Beaton's photo of Marilyn Monroe in her white
Chanel No. 5
A Streetcar Named Desire
Death of a Salesman
Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams Poets: John
Keats and Walt Whitman
August 5th, 1962
acute barbiturate poisoning - combination of Nembutal
and Chloral Hydrate, both prescribed for insomnia.
about her death
Probable suicide was listed on the official death certificate.
Was she depressed over being fired from her last film
and her failed romantic relationships? She may have well
downed a bottle of sleeping pills with the intention of
ending her life.
She could have possibly took the fatal overdose without
realizing how many she had taken, or had taken so many
over the course of several days that a lethal buildup
occurred in her system, making her final dosage fatal.
overdose (administered by someone else)
Marilyn was given the fatal dose through either an enema
or an injection administered by someone else; most commonly
named are Dr. Ralph Greenson and Marilyn's housekeeper,
Marilyn may have been given a fatal dose with the intention
to kill her either by injection, or by enema. The main
suspects (directly or indirectly) are the Kennedy's (John
and Robert) with whom she both had affairs with and "knew
too much." The Mafia has also been suspected, Sam
Each theory presented has its own believers, but most
commonly believed is that the events that took place on
August 4th, 1962, was not suicide.
is an overwhelming amount of evidence suggesting that
Marilyn did not die by orally ingesting sleeping pills.
The scene of death appeared to have been tampered with,
reported ambulance calls to her house earlier the evening
before her death and important tissue samples from the
autopsy mysteriously disappeared. Also, when Marilyn retired
for bed that evening she took the phone in her room with
her. There she made phone calls, which were mysteriously
clipped from the phone bill for that date, however there
were charges of over $209.00 after the fact.
One of Marilyn's last photographers/interviewers was George
Barris. He firmly states in his book, Marilyn:
Her Life In Her Own Words, that although he has no
proof, he strongly feels she was murdered. He believes
that in the conversations they had less than a month before
her death, she was at a point in her life that she was
of the theories surrounding her early death, there seems
to be a preponderance of evidence suggesting there was
some sort of cover-up. No definitive answer has ever been
made (or probably will be).
Marilyn formed her own production company in 1956, Marilyn
Monroe Productions (MMP), along with photographer, Milton
Greene. She produced two of her own films, Bus Stop and
The Prince & The Showgirl. Both are uncredited.
1972 Time reported that between the years 1953 and then
that she had been featured on the cover nine times. Just
slightly less than Elizabeth Taylor (10).
Russell always held Marilyn in high regard and said of
her co-star that she was, "like a little sister,
often misunderstood, and very fragile."