— Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962) was an American model, actress, singer and arguably (without any question or doubt) one of the most famous women of the twentieth century. Monroe was born, Norma Jeane Mortenson, in June 1926, as the third child born to Gladys Pearl Baker. Her father was unknown and she was baptised (named in a christen ceremony) as Norma Jeane Baker; Gladys was mentally ill and financially unable to care for (look after; keep) her daughter, so the young Norma Jeane spent many years living in foster homes (homes for children who don’t have father or mother) or with friends and relatives, because of her family situation.
For many years, Gladys’s best friend, Grace McKee, became her guardian (legal responsible). Grace told Monroe that some day she would become a movie star. For few months, Monroe lived with Grace and here husband (Ervin Silliman “Doc” Goddard), but due to (as a result of) Doc’s frequent attempts (try to do something) to sexually abuse (hurt) Monroe, Grace had to send her to a foster home, again.
In 1942, Monroe moved back to Grace and Doc Goddard’s house. While attending (she was a student in) High School, Monroe married Jimmy Dougherty, shortly after she met and began a relationship with him. When he left to the South Pacific to fight in World War ΙΙ, she joined (began to work in) a local munitions factory (a factory that produces bombs and guns) in Burbank, California. It was here that Marilyn got her first big break (chance for success). Photographer David Conover, was covering (reporting) the munitions factory to show women at work. He was struck by (suddenly felt very interested in) the beauty and photogenic nature (looking very attractive in photographs) of Norma, and he used her in many of her shots (photographs). This enabled her to start a career (job; profession) as a model and she was soon featured (appeared) on the front of many magazine covers.
1946 was a pivotal (very important) year for Marilyn, she divorced (ended her marriage with) her young husband and changed her name from the boring (not interesting) Norma Baker to the more glamorous (exciting) Marilyn Monroe (after her grandma). She took drama lessons and got her first movie contract (business deal; agreement) with Twentieth Century Fox. Her first few films were low key (not very big), but, it gained her more prominent (important; large) roles in films such as All About Eve, Niagara and later Gentleman Prefer Blondes and How To Marry A Millionaire.
These film roles had thrust (pushed) her into the global limelight (attention), to become an iconic figure (famous and admirable person) of Hollywood glamor (attraction) and fashion alongside being naturally photogenic.
In 1954, she married baseball star Joe DiMaggio, a friend of over two years. They were later to divorce, but they remained close friends.
In her later career, she tried to move beyond the ‘blonde bombshell’ (sexually attractive woman) typecasting (always a particular character) and set up (started) her own movie production. She was awarded a golden globe award for her role in ‘Some Like It Hot‘
Tragically (Sadly; Unfortunately), she died early from an overdose (taking too much of a drug at one time) of drugs in 1962 aged just 36.
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