Marilyn Monroe broke tradition in the 1950s and early 1960s in her role as a s*x symbol. Her talents of acting, modeling, and singing gave her enough clout to make it in the world of Who’s Who; however, it was the short skirts, plunging necklines, and bikini photos that kept her a star. But was that what she wanted?
A career is wonderful, but you can’t curl up with it on a cold night.Marilyn Monroe
Born June 1, 1926 as Norma Jeane Mortensen (later baptized as Norma Jeane Baker), America’s sweetheart learned the world to be cold at an early age. She grew up primarily in foster homes due to an absent father and a mother was regularly in psychiatric care and eventually institutionalized. But by 1946, she had a steady modeling career and signed on for her first movie, ‘The Asphalt Jungle.’ She took the name Marilyn Monroe, dyed her hair blonde, and steadily rose to the top.
Monroe played her part well with a smoldering stare under long lashes. Her hourglass figure and fashion were both sought after by women worldwide. But the young woman tried to make it clear that she was more than just a pretty face.
Beauty only gets attention, but personality captures the heart.Marilyn Monroe
Even though she dropped out of high school at 15 years old, the actress was extremely intelligent. She had a personal library of over 400 books on various subjects, including philosophy, psychology, history, theology, and politics. Monroe was also an avid writer, haven kept several notebooks of her poetry.
Unfortunately, she was pinned as “the dumb blonde” and revered only for her looks. It wasn’t until decades after her death that the public learned more about the tortured soul behind the blue eyes (as well as her size 14 dress size). The icon fought fiercely to show her true self, but sometimes public perception overrules and you just have to roll with it if you want to continue having a career.
A smile is the best makeup a girl can wear.Marilyn Monroe