Today back in 1962 we lost one of the greatest women of all time – movie actress Marilyn Monroe.
Monroe’s given name was actually Norma Jean Mortenson. Her mother was emotionally unstable and frequently confined to an asylum. So Norma Jean was raised by a succession of foster parents and in an orphanage. Interested in pursuing an acting career, she started appearing in minor roles in the early 1950’s.
The roles that got her recognized were in the The Asphalt Jungle and All About Eve. Although she was onscreen only briefly playing a mistress in both films, audiences took note of the blonde bombshell, and she soon won a new contract from Fox. Her acting career then instantly took off.
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Despite her fame and success, by 1961, Monroe was beset by depression and was under the constant care of a psychiatrist. Increasingly erratic in the last months of her life, she lived as a virtual recluse in her Brentwood, LA home where she was ultimately found. After a brief investigation, Los Angeles police concluded that her death was “caused by a self-administered overdose of sedative drugs and that the mode of death is probable suicide.”
And now four decades after her death, Marilyn Monroe remains a major cultural icon. The conspiracies surrounding the her “final performance” only add to her mystique. The details of which…we may never know.
R.I.P. Norma Jean. We will see you again…some day.
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