25 Facts About Marilyn Monroe

1. Marilyn Monroe photographed with Joe DiMaggio on their way back from Florida, oldhollywoodlove: " dailymonroe: " and Joe.

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2. Marilyn Monroe made history on Saturday, when her 1961 Golden Globe award for World Film Favorite Female was put on auction, and ultimately sold.

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3. Marilyn Monroe converted to Judaism when she married one of America's most famous playwrights, Arthur Miller.

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4. Marilyn Monroe was perceived as a specifically American star, "a national institution as well known as hot dogs, apple pie, or baseball" according to Photoplay.

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5. Marilyn Monroe devised many of her publicity strategies, cultivated friendships with gossip columnists such as Sidney Skolsky and Louella Parsons, and controlled the use of her images.

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6. Marilyn Monroe was an international star and her sudden death was front-page news in the United States and Europe.

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7. Marilyn Monroe returned to the public eye in the spring of 1962; she received a "World Film Favorite" Golden Globe Award and began to shoot a new film for 20th Century Fox, Something's Got to Give, a re-make of My Favorite Wife.

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8. In spring 1961, Marilyn Monroe moved back to California after six years on the East Coast.

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9. Marilyn Monroe returned to Hollywood in July 1958 to act opposite Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis in Billy Wilder's comedy on gender roles, Some Like It Hot.

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10. Marilyn Monroe was briefly hospitalized during this time due to a barbiturate overdose.

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11. With the marriage, Marilyn Monroe converted to Judaism, which led Egypt to ban all of her films.

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12. Marilyn Monroe began 1956 by announcing her win over 20th Century-Fox; the press, which had previously derided her, now wrote favorably about her decision to fight the studio.

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13. Marilyn Monroe was listed in the annual Top Ten Money Making Stars Poll in both 1953 and 1954, and according to Fox historian Aubrey Solomon became the studio's "greatest asset" alongside CinemaScope.

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14. Marilyn Monroe continued to attract attention by wearing revealing outfits in publicity events, most famously at the Photoplay awards in January 1953, where she won the "Fastest Rising Star" award.

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15. In March 1952, a scandal broke when Marilyn Monroe revealed during an interview that in 1949, she had posed for nude pictures, which were now featured in calendars.

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16. In the second year of her contract, Marilyn Monroe became a top-billed actress.

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17. In her private life, Marilyn Monroe was in a relationship with director Elia Kazan, and briefly dated several other men, including director Nicholas Ray and actors Yul Brynner and Peter Lawford.

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18. Marilyn Monroe continued modeling, and in May 1949 she posed nude for photos taken by Tom Kelley.

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19. While at Fox, Marilyn Monroe was given roles of a "girl next door"; at Columbia, she was modeled after Rita Hayworth.

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20. Marilyn Monroe was determined to make it as an actress, and she continued studying at the Actors' Lab.

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21. Marilyn Monroe moved in with his parents and began a job at the Radioplane Munitions Factory in Van Nuys.

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22. Marilyn Monroe became a ward of the state, and her mother's friend, Grace McKee Goddard, took responsibility over her and her mother's affairs.

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23. Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortenson at the Los Angeles County Hospital on June 1, 1926 as the third child of Gladys Pearl Baker.

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24. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Marilyn Monroe spent most of her childhood in foster homes and an orphanage and married at the age of sixteen.

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25. Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, model, and singer.

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