Marylin Monroe a screen legend
The fifth of August sees the passing of the anniversary of screen goddess, Marylin Monroe.
Monroe, born Norma Jean Mortenson on 1 June 1926, personified Hollywood glamourr with her trademark blonde hair, vacant stare and voluptuous curves.
As one of the most enduring film icons of all time, she has been the subject of over 300 biographies, essays and documentaries. Monroe's personal history, along with her rise to stardom is strewn with tales of abusive foster homes, exploitation by Hollywood agents and depression, which ultimately led to her suicide (or as some believe her murder). At 16 she married Jimmy Dougherty and later married Arthur Miller and Joe DiMaggio, both of which ended in divorce. She had an intimate friendship with John F. Kennedy that caused much controversy.
Monroe's career began when she caught the eye of photographer David Conover, who sent modeling jobs her way. At this time the actress died her hair blonde and changed her name to Marilyn Monroe. The camera loved her and within two years she was a reputable model.
Monroe moved into films landing some inconsequential roles in films such as All About Eve and the Asphalt Jungle. In 1953, she landed her first big role in Niagara and cemented her status as an A-lister in Gentleman Prefer Blondes and How to Marry a Millionaire. During this time Monroe's alcohol and drug addiction began to affect her performance.
Monroe died in her home 5 August 1962, after apparently overdosing on sleeping pills.