Magic of Marilyn
In 1950 Marilyn appeared in five more films, now getting great notices for her small parts in and for All About Eve getting an Oscar nomination.
Magic of Marilyn
Becoming the most desirable woman on earth in later life, young Norma Jean Mortenson, born June 1st, 1926 in Los Angeles, had a mother in and out of mental institutions and was fostered out all over the place. Marilyn grew up not knowing who her father really was, mother, Gladys, into several relationships, confusing her daughter and eventually bestowing on her the name Baker.
By the age of sixteen, the girl was desperate for a real home, and in 1942, Marilyn married aircraft worker James Dougherty, 21, but divorced him by 1946. She started modelling swim-suits, bleaching her hair blonde, and some of these pictures were seen by RKO film studio head, Howard Hughes, who offered her a screen test. Fox Studios won the race to sign her though.
She appeared in five films before 1950, none impressing the viewing public, so she did a lot of modelling , going to acting school as well. Those 1949 calendar pictures had never been important to her, but now they were . In 1950 Marilyn appeared in five more films, now getting great notices for her small parts in and for All About Eve getting an Oscar nomination.
Film fans were getting to know and loving her dumb blonde performances, and her air of innocent sexuality got guys all fired up, so that gradually, the public came to be enthralles with her and her air almost innocent air of sexuality. What, though, could her later success owe to a legendary man whose dream was to publish ultimate men's magazine? Both he and Marilyn became the male topic of conversation in December 1953.
Hugh Hefner bankrolled the printing of 70,000 copies of his first ever Playboy magazine, the selling point his centrefold girl, the fresh young Hollywood starlet Marilyn Monroe. Having bought this 1949 nude shot of her from a local calendar printer, and what a stroke of genius it proved to be. It hit the news-stands, and the run on the magazine was colossal for the time, an incredible 54,175 copies.
50cents to buy a copy then, but you couldn't get hold of one today under $5,000. Monroe had pushed Playboy straight into the big league, and Hefner had made her the girl every man in America dreamed of. Later in that year she starred in Gentlemen prefer Blondes with Jayne Russell, and then in 1954 in The seven Year Itch. She did star in the Some like it Hot comedy with Tony
Curtis and Jack Lemmon in 1958, the last major film success she was to enjoy.
Her private life was a mess and she was getting into drugs and alcohol in a big way. Her final film was in 1961, with Clark Gable who would die later that same year of a heart attack, aptly titled the Misfits and popular with critics and the public alike, but nonetheless her epitaph.
Marilyn had a difficult childhood, and on August 5, 1962, her housekeeper found her nude, face down on her bed, the victim of a sedative overdose at only 36, but with 30 films in her lifetime, her legendary status and mysticism would remain a major element of film history right to the present day. Playboy ended up becoming the most popular men's magazine of all time, Hefner always saying that was down to Marilyn. She was and is the ultimate sexual screen goddess, the magical Marilyn Monroe.