MARILYN MONROE (1926-1962)

“The Original Blonde Bombshell”

Marilyn

Marilyn Monroe

Born Norma Jean Mortensen, to a schizophrenic mother and an unknown father, Marilyn spent most of her youth in orphanages and foster  homes. Before embarking on a successful modeling career, she married James Dougherty when she was only 16. The 1953 hit “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” catapulted the 27 year old to great stardom. While briefly married to American baseball icon Joe DiMaggio, she entertained the troops in Korea, and became one of the most sought-after beauties in modern history. Her second marriage to famous play wright Arthur Miller was punctuated by increasing drug use, which earned her the reputation of being unreliable on movie sets. Additionally, she has an alleged 8-year affaire with John F. Kennedy, famously singing “Happy Birthday Mr. President” at Madison Square Garden in 1962. Her death at age 36 has been steeped in mystery ever since 1962, when the official cause of death was listed as suicide by a barbiturate overdose.

(This presentation is approximately 30 to 40 minutes)

Marilyn in Gentlemen

Marilyn and Jane Russell in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”, 1953

Marilyn and Joe

Marilyn and first husband, Joe DiMaggio, 1954

Marilyn and Arthur

Marilyn and second husband Arthur Miller after her miscarriage, 1956

Marilyn's funeral

Joe DiMaggio and his son at Marilyn’s funeral, 1962