Jan 29, 2012

Watch Marilyn Monroe Biography documentary Film produced 1966

Watch Marilyn Monroe Biography documentary Film produced 1966

Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson but baptized and raised as Norma Jeane Baker; June 1, 1926 -- August 5, 1962) was an American actress, singer and model. After spending much of her childhood in foster homes, Monroe began a career as a model, which led to a film contract in 1946. Her early film appearances were minor, but her performances in The Asphalt Jungle and All About Eve (both 1950) were well received. By 1953, Monroe had progressed to leading roles. Her "dumb blonde" persona was used to comedic effect in such films as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) and The Seven Year Itch (1955). Limited by typecasting, Monroe studied at the Actors Studio to broaden her range, and her dramatic performance in Bus Stop (1956) was hailed by critics, and she received a Golden Globe nomination. Her production company, Marilyn Monroe Productions, released The Prince and the Showgirl (1957), for which she received a BAFTA Award nomination and won a David di Donatello award. She received a Golden Globe Award for her performance in Some Like It Hot (1959).

The final years of Monroe's life were marked by illness, personal problems, and a reputation for being unreliable and difficult to work with. The circumstances of her death, from an overdose of barbiturates, have been the subject of conjecture. Though officially classified as a "probable suicide", the possibility of an accidental overdose, as well as the possibility of homicide, have not been ruled out. In 1999, Monroe was ranked as the sixth greatest female star of all time by the American Film Institute. In the years and decades following her death, Monroe has often been cited as a pop and cultural icon as well as an eminent American sex symbol.

Monroe had three biopics made about her life, neither one was close to being historically accurate, but the 1980 made-for-TV biopic Marilyn: The Untold Story was almost close to being historically accurate. Plus, she was portrayed in some other movies as well.

Monroe was portrayed by: Catherine Hicks in Marilyn: The Untold Story (1980) Melody Anderson in Marilyn & Bobby: Her Final Affair (1993) By Ashley Judd as the younger Marilyn (who constantly appears as an illusion to the older Marilyn thorought the film), and by Mira Sorvino as the older Marilyn in Norma Jean & Marilyn (1996) Poppy Montgomery in Blonde (2001) Holly Beavon in James Dean (2001) Sophie Monk in The Mystery of Natalie Wood (2004) Michelle Williams in My Week with Marilyn (2011) Charlotte Sullivan in The Kennedys (2011) Naomi Watts will portray Monroe in another adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates' book in a film also called Blonde Monroe was also portrayed by Susan Griffiths in a look-alike fashion as a waitress in the restaurant scene in the 1994 film Pulp Fiction

Monroe had three marriages, all of which ended in divorce. The first was to James Dougherty, the second to Joe DiMaggio, and lastly to Arthur Miller. Allegedly, she was briefly married to writer Robert "Bob" Slatzer. She is alleged to have had affairs with both John and Robert Kennedy. Marlon Brando, in his autobiography Songs My Mother Taught Me, claimed that he had had a relationship with her, and enduring friendship lasting until her death. She also suffered two miscarriages and an ectopic pregnancy during her three marriages.

Monroe left to Lee Strasberg an archive of her own writing -- diaries, poems, and letters, which were found on October 1999 by his widow Anna Strasberg, and published in October 2010 under the title Fragments.

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