Death of Marilyn Monroe – 8/5/1962

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Marilyn Monroe, who I’m sure we’ve all heard of before, was born in Los Angeles on June 1, 1926. She was originally born Norma Jean Mortenson to an unstable mother that was often in an asylum, leaving Monroe to be raised by foster parents and orphanages. She married early, at the age of 16, to a co-worker in an aircraft factory. However, the two would later divorce after just a few years. 

In 1944, right after the divorce, she began pursuing a modeling career and after two years in the industry, finally signed a contract with 20th Century Fox. This is where she adopted the name Marilyn Monroe. After a couple of small parts and roles, she returned to her modeling career and went all out in 1949 when she posed nude for a calendar photo shoot.

In 1950, her acting career started to take off completely. She first appeared in minor roles in the films The Asphalt Jungle and All About Eve. Although they were small roles that didn’t give her a lot of exposure, people started to notice her and it led to another contract from Fox. She finally began getting bigger roles, which she appeared in Love Nest in 1951, Monkey Business in 1952 and Niagara in 1953. Her real break came when she started taking sex-symbol roles after 1953. She appeared in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes in 1953, How To Marry a Millionaire in 1953, There’s No Business Like Show Business in 1954. In 1955, she took on a comedic role in the film The Seven Year Itch. She quickly gained the hearts of many and became an international sensation on the big screen. She would later marry the all-time great baseball player Joe DiMaggio, which gave her even more publicity following their divorce eight months later.

Her career began to thrive, but her personal live started to take a huge hit when she suffered from depression. Under the non-stop care of a psychiatrist, people started to fear that she would harm herself. On August 5, 1962, her maid had noticed her door was locked with the light on and when she knocked – no one answered. Worried, her maid called her psychiatrist, who had to break a window to gain access to the room. When he entered, he found Marilyn naked on her bed, face down, with a phone in one hand and pills everywhere. Ruled a possible suicide, still to this day, no one knows what happened to Marilyn Monroe. 

Many people believe that Robert and/or John Kennedy were the murderers. She was linked to them as possibly having love affairs and were worried about the secret getting out. Many people believe they either killed her themselves or they had someone do it. It was noted that Robert Kennedy was in Los Angeles on the night of the death and was allegedly with Monroe the night she died. I don’t know about you, but that all sounds a little strange to me. No one will ever know, though. 

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