Date of Birth : Jun 1st 1926
In 1948, in a six-month stint at Columbia Pictures, she starred in Ladies of the Chorus, but the low-budget musical was not a success and Monroe was dropped yet again. She then met one of Hollywood’s top agents, Johnny Hyde, who had Fox re-sign her after MGM turned her down. Darryl F. Zanuck, the vice-president of Fox, was not convinced of Monroe’s potential, but because of Hyde’s persistence, she gained supporting parts in the Marx Brothers film Love Happy (1949), and in Fox’s All About Eve and MGM’s The Asphalt Jungle (both 1950). Even though the roles were small, moviegoers as well as critics took notice. Hyde also arranged for her to have minor plastic surgery on her nose and chin, adding that to earlier dental surgery.
Barely surviving a childhood of abandonment and near-rape, Norma Jean left cruel memories behind as she sauntered her way into hearts across North America. A string of husbands and feature films such as “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” (1953), “The Seven Year Itch” (1955) and “Bus Stop” (1956) promoted her popularity and reputation as a sexy heartbreaker. She enjoyed tremendous success and decided to change her name to Marilyn Monroe in 1946.
Frequent absenteeism from the set caused her to be fired from a couple of films and studios stopped taking a chance on her because it would cost them thousands of dollars in delays. Marilyn’s career spiralled downwards and she retreated into seclusion at her L.A. home. She was found dead of a drug overdose on August 5, 1962 at age 36. She had only made 30 feature films, but her legendary status will remain with film history forever.