Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962), American motion-picture actor, who became the most famous international sex symbol of the 20th century.
Marilyn Monroe. Photo:www.fanpop.com
Born Norma Jean Mortenson in Los Angeles, the daughter of an emotionally unstable mother, she spent a troubled childhood in foster homes and orphanages and at the age of 16 entered into an ill-fated marriage.
In 1944, while working in a defence plant, she was noticed by a United States Army photographer who induced her to pose for posters for the troops. Instantly popular as a model, Monroe soon found other assignments and registered with a modelling agency, which sent her to charm school and put her on a number of magazine covers. She was signed by the 20th Century-Fox film studio in 1946 but had only two small film roles before she was dropped by the studio. In 1948 she was briefly under contract to Columbia Pictures, and…
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