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Marilyn Monroe Biography

Birth Name:
Norma Jeane Mortenson
Birth Place:
Los Angeles, California, United States
Profession
Actor, model, singer

Fast Facts

  • Spent most of her childhood bouncing between foster homes and orphanages
  • Monroe was her mother's maiden name
  • Appeared on the cover of the first issue of Playboy, in December 1953
  • Her production company, Marilyn Monroe Productions, produced only two films: Bus Stop and The Prince and the Showgirl
  • Converted to Judaism in order to marry Arthur Miller
  • Her last film, The Misfits, was also Clark Gable's last movie
  • Buried in the Corridor of Memories #24 at Westwood Memorial Park in Los Angeles, CA
  • Lee Strasberg delivered the eulogy at her funeral
  • Elton John's 1974 song "Candle in the Wind" was written for her

Awards

  • 1960Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: winner
  • 1960Golden Globe-Actress in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy: winner
  • 1958BAFTA Film Awards-Best Foreign Actress: nominated
  • 1957Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1957Golden Globe-Actress in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1956BAFTA Film Awards-Best Foreign Actress: nominated

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