Norma Jeane began dating a local boy named Jim Dougherty. They married in Baker — now Dougherty — was only 16, but marrying Dougherty, a police officer, helped her avoid going back into the foster care system. Dougherty started using the name Marilyn Monroe around , though she didn't legally change her name until While her husband served overseas in the Marines, Monroe began working in a local factory in Van Nuys, California. A photographer also working there asked if she wouldn't mind having her photo taken.
From there, her modeling career was born. By the time her husband returned from the war, her career as a model had started taking off. Monroe continued modeling during the s, but dreamed of becoming an actress. Despite her career success, Marilyn's personal life was struggling. In , she and Jim Dougherty divorced.
Soon after, she signed with 20th Century Fox under her new stage name, Marilyn Monroe. After being signed, she dyed her hair a lighter shade of blonde, which soon became her trademark. Here, she poses for her first official studio portrait. Monroe's first film, "Ladies of the Chorus," was released in The life of Marilyn Monroe has also been the subject of numerous books and television shows, most of which are geared to support the fantasy rather than the facts, but one thing that all agree on is that Marilyn Monroe will forever be remembered as one of Hollywood's most tragic beauty queens.
Marilyn Monroe's softness and vulnerability made her irresistible to men in the pre-women's lib era and her image has become almost mystic due to the fact that she was not a survivor. Monroe had some talent for playing a dumb blonde, similar to Harlow, but she lacked Harlow's sarcasm.
Jean Harlow's characters were in charge, and only "played" dumb. Monroe's character also lacked Mae West's confidence and intelligence. For Marilyn it was all about having a baby voice and innocent expression.
It worked! To this day when viewing her in movies there is nothing that one can view as controversial or intimidating. Virtually, this is the key of being well liked. Her characters were not calculating, just innocent and straightforward. These are the qualities that made her so attractive to the point of MM outshining Ava Gardner, Gene Tierney, Kim Novak, and numerous other beauties were had more natural beauty that Marilyn and more well rounded talent. Her troubles started early, due to her birth being illegitimate in a time of high morality.
Her mother knew that life as an only child to a single woman of little means would not lead to a well rounded childhood, and Norma Jean was sent to orphanages and foster homes. Her mother spent most of her life in and out of mental hospitals. Marilyn was lonely and insecure and as a result of being extremely lonely, was out to find some love as soon as she reached her teen years.
She married while still in her teens, however, the marriage did not last long. Marilyn turned to working in a factory while trying to make it as a model. Norma Jean was not especially beautiful by Hollywood standards. Her facial features were average, although her figure was nice, but Norma Jean wanted stardom and she knew that to achieve the super stardom that she craved, she would have to become a Hollywood knockout.
Marilyn was one who studied her face and her looks obsessively to the point that she knew every curve of her bone structure and was well aware of which side was her best and where she needed help. According to Judy, Marilyn followed her from room to room one night at a party.
Judy was no stranger to being around homosexuals, as three of her five husbands were gay men. One of her more well-known conquests was Katharine Hepburn. This was during a reception for Queen Elizabeth!
Once news of this confession hit, Brigitte tried to backtrack and say that she meant it in a figurative sense but no one was buying it. French women are, after all, known for their sensuality. Her masculinity appeals to women and her sexuality to men. She continued this lifestyle even when she became a big Hollywood star in America, as she had affairs with men and women. Barbara was closeted to protect her career, which was ironic considering that she was briefly married to a gay vaudeville star.
Barbara has long been a gay icon. When she was first starting out in the entertainment business, she taught dance at a gay and lesbian club in New York.
She was friends with elite bisexual ladies like Tallulah Bankhead and Greta Garbo. She even portrayed one of the first lesbians on screen in Walk on the Wild Side. The two stars were friends, although how intimate they were remains a source of dispute. Some say that they were BFFs. From Library Journal In , year-old fan Haspiel received his boldly requested kiss on the cheek from Marilyn Monroe.
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