Marilyn Monroe

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Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson; June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962) was an American actress and model. Famous for playing "dumb blonde" characters, she became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s, emblematic of the era's attitudes towards sexuality. Although she was a top-billed actress for only a decade, her films grossed $200 million by the time of her unexpected death in 1962. She continues to be considered a major popular culture icon.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Monroe spent most of her childhood in foster homes and an orphanage and married for the first time at the age of sixteen. While working in a factory as part of the war effort in 1944, she met a photographer and began a successful pin-up modeling career. The work led to short-lived film contracts with Twentieth Century-Fox (1946–47) and Columbia Pictures (1948). After a series of minor film roles, she signed a new contract with Fox in 1951. Over the next two years, she became a popular actress with roles in several comedies, including As Young as You Feel and Monkey Business, and in the dramas Clash by Night and Don't Bother to Knock. Monroe faced a scandal when it was revealed that she had posed for nude photos before becoming a star, but rather than damaging her career, the story increased interest in her films.

By 1953, Monroe was one of the most marketable Hollywood stars, with leading roles in three films: the noir Niagara, which focused on her sex appeal, and the comedies Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and How to Marry a Millionaire, which established her star image as a "dumb blonde". Although she played a significant role in the creation and management of her public image throughout her career, she was disappointed at being typecast and underpaid by the studio. She was briefly suspended in early 1954 for refusing a film project, but returned to star in one of the biggest box office successes of her career, The Seven Year Itch (1955). When the studio was still reluctant to change her contract, Monroe founded a film production company in late 1954, Marilyn Monroe Productions (MMP). She dedicated 1955 to building her company and began studying method acting at the Actors Studio. In late 1955, Fox awarded her a new contract, which gave her more control and a larger salary. After a critically acclaimed performance in Bus Stop (1956) and acting in the first independent production of MMP, The Prince and the Showgirl (1957), she won a Golden Globe for Best Actress for Some Like It Hot (1959). Her last completed film was the drama The Misfits (1961).

Monroe's troubled private life received much attention. She struggled with addiction, depression, and anxiety. She had two highly publicized marriages, to baseball player Joe DiMaggio and playwright Arthur Miller, which both ended in divorce. She died at the age of 36 on August 5, 1962 from an overdose of barbiturates at her home in Los Angeles. Although the death was ruled a probable suicide, several conspiracy theories have been proposed in the decades following her death.

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Year Title RatingReleases
My Heart Belongs to Daddy 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1986 I Wanna Be Loved By You 1
1987 Let's Make Love 3
1987 The Marilyn Monroe Collection: 20 Golden Greats 1
1988 Bye Bye Baby 1
1988 The Complete Recordings 2
1988 The Legend Lives On 3
1990 Marilyn Monroe 1
1991 Great American Legends 1
1991 Marilyn Monroe Complete Recordings 1
1992 Marilyn Monroe 1
1993 Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend 1
1994 Legends 1
1994 Marilyn 1
1997 Marilyn Monroe 1
1997 The Golden Collection 1
1998 The Gold Collection 1
1998 Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend 1
1999 The Very Best of Marilyn Monroe 1
2000 Great Movie Themes 1
2001 The Very Best of Marilyn Monroe 1
2001 The Essential Marilyn Monroe 1
2001 Marilyn Monroe 1
2001 The Legends Collection: Marilyn Monroe 1
2001 The Magic of Marilyn 1
2002 I Wanna Be Loved by You 1
2002 Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend 1
2003 Anthology 1
2005 Greatest Hits 1
2006 I Wanna Be Loved by You 1
2006 Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend 1
2008 Heat Wave 1
2008 White Collection 1
24 Great Hits 1
Candle in the Wind 1
Collection 1
Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend 1
Golden Hits 1
Golden Hits 1
La legende 1
Never Before and Never Again 1
Rare Recordings 1948-1962 1
Real Gold 1
Runnin' Wild 1
Some Like It Hot 1
The Entertainers 1
The Essential Recordings 2

Album + Remix

Year Title RatingReleases
2005 Greatest Hits Remixed 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1959 Some Like It Hot 1

Unspecified type

Year Title RatingReleases
Diamonds and Pearls 1
Great American Legends 1
With Love, XOXO 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1997 The Movie Hits 1
2000 I Wanna Be Loved by You 1
Diamonds Forever 1

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