Marilyn Monroe, seldom known from her birthname Norma Jeane Mortenson, is the most influencing actress of the 20th century who still lives in the heart of many of her admirers despite her departure at the young of 36. Not only that, Marilyn Monroe’s net worth is massive.
The controversial life and death of “America’s Dream Girl” have always been of great interest to the world. Many stary eyes remained unwiped and full of tears as she married at a young age with her choice before she came to the limelight.
But still, many wondered dreamed about getting hitched with the gorgeous actress! So, what’s the secret behind this angel who caught the heart of many with her breathy voice?
What is the story of Marilyn Monroe before she adopted the superstar stage name? Here’s everything you need to know about Marilyn Monroe’s life, including her biography, movies, spouse, kids, net worth, and death cause!
Before we take a ride down into Norma Jeane Baker’s personal life, let’s take a glance at the rare photos of Marilyn Monroe.
Rare Pictures Of Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe Biography (Early Life and Family)
Born as Norma Jeane Mortenson, Marilyn Monroe was born on the 1st June 1926 in Los Angeles, California, United States of America.
The late 36 years old actress is the daughter of father Martin Edward Mortensen and her mother, Gladys Pearl Baker. The dog lover lady grew up with her two siblings; Berniece Baker Miracle and Robert Kermit Baker.
Later, Norma Jeane Mortenson took her mother’s surname, Baker. Norma’s mother was frequently confined in an asylum, and Norma Jeane got reared by 12 successive sets of foster parents and, for a time, in an orphanage.
She studied at Van Nuys High School.
How Many Times Marilyn Monroe Married? Husband And Children
The American actress Marilyn Monroe married thrice in her entire life. Firstly at the age of 16, Marilyn Monroe tied the knot with a fellow worker in an aircraft factory, James Dougherty (died in 2005) in 1942. James was her neighbor.
However, their relationship couldn’t last as long as they divorced soon after World War II. Marilyn and James parted their ways in 1946, four years after their marriage. It is also known that the couple didn’t share any children.
Similarly, Monroe walked down the aisle with American baseball player Joe DiMaggio in 1954. Marilyn’s former husband, Joseph Paul DiMaggio, nicknamed ‘Joltin’ Joe‘ and ‘The Yankee Clipper,’ was an American baseball center fielder who played his entire 13-year career in Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees.
Marilyn’s romantic fleet with famous singer Frank Sinatra‘s friend Joe didn’t work out well, and they divorced a year later their nuptials. But that didn’t stop her from leaning onto another partner.
After a year of her divorce with Joe, Marilyn hitched with her next love, American playwright and essayist Arthur Miller in 1956. Like her other relationship, Marilyn divorced Arthur (died in 2005), five years after their wedding.
Marilyn Monroe Movies and Films
American actress Marilyn Monroe became a major sex symbol, starring in dozens of commercially successful motion pictures during the ‘50s.
Moving back to the time, Marilyn indulged herself in a showbiz career as a model at a very young age. After getting raised in an orphanage, the young and beautiful Norma pursued her modeling career and soon landed in her first on-screen appearance.
Firstly, her acting career with the Twentieth Century Fox commenced at the age of 20 years old in 1946, taking her screen name as ‘Marilyn Monroe.’
For some time, the name Marilyn Monroe created hassle, yet after a few brief appearances in movies, Miss Monroe got unemployed again. Then she returned to modeling for photographers.
Not so long after that, Marilyn’s nude photoshoot brought her a role in the film Scudda-Hoo! Scudda-Hay! (1948), followed by other minor roles.
Afterward, Monroe came to the spotlight and landed on several big projects. She then appeared in movies like All About Eve, The Asphalt Jungle, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
Also, some of her notable work includes Don’t Bother To Knock, The Seven Year Itch, The Misfits, and How To Marry A Millionaire.
Marilyn’s performance in the Some Like It Hot entitled her a “Golden Globe Award.”
American Actress Marilyn Monroe’ Net Worth
Once famous as a sex symbol, Marilyn Monroe’s estimated net worth is $10 million at the time of her death. But her worth hasn’t declined ever since she left this earth, which got increased to $27 million as of 2019.
Monroe’s salary from the film, The Asphalt Jungle (1950), gave her the income of $1,000. Similarly, Marilyn’s salary per week from the film, No Business Like Show Business, gave her $1,000.
The chart of Monroe’s net worth increased after Marilyn got paid $1,500 per week for the 1955 film, The Seven Year Itch.
Finally, her worth grew a hundred times stronger after she agreed to play for the 1956 movie Bus Stop that gave her the utmost income than any ever artists of that era of sweet $100,000.
Subsequently, in 1959 and 1961, she earned a salary of $300,000 in the movie Some Like It Hot and The Misfits, respectively.
Remember the iconic white dress she wore at ‘The Seven Year Itch‘? Yes, Marilyn wore the white dress was surprisingly sold out at €4.6 million, which was put up in the auction in 2011.
Also, the flesh-colored, extremely tight, nude crystal gown that Monroe wore on the night she sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to John F. Kennedy in 1962 got sold at whopping €1 million in 1999.
Likewise, in 1999, famous American singer Mariah Carey bought Monroe’s white baby grand piano in auction for around €546,000.
The piano originally belonged to Monroe’s mother, who sold it on. But, later the America’s Dream Girl bought it again and kept it until her death.
Be that as it may, Monroe’s all 23 movies grossed a total of more than $200 million. Well, that’s a huge sum of money in the ‘50s, and that her fame surpassed any of the other entertainers of her time.
Marilyn Monroe Death Cause
On August 25, 1962, Monroe was found dead at her residence in Los Angeles. Authorities later confirmed that acute barbiturate poisoning resulting from a probable suicide as the cause of her death.
However, many of her fans speculate that it was a murder rather than a suicide. But none of them has proved with evidence about her murder. Apparently, everyone had to assume that it was a suicide!
Marilyn Monroe Wiki Bio (Age, Height & Body Measurements)
Born as Norma Jeane Mortenson in 1926, Marilyn died on 5 August 1962. This makes her age 36 years old at the time of her death.
Surprisingly, the 5feet 5 inches actress Marilyn Monroe stood with a weight of 53 kg (118 lbs) on the ground. Her sun sign is Gemini.
Her body measurements concluded on a sweet figure of 37-23-36 inches. Moreover, she stood even more gorgeous with blue eyes and dyed blonde hair color.
Actress Marilyn Monroe belongs to American nationality, and her ethnicity is Scottish, Irish, English, Norwegian.
Did You Know?
Marilyn Monroe Had Two Plastic Surgeries
The medical notes and X-rays that proved Marilyn Monroe underwent two plastic surgeries, recently sold at auction for around €21,000.
According to the documents obtained from the auction, Johny Hyde, Monroe’s agent at the time, paid for her chin implant and a small operation on the tip of her nose in 1950.
Monroe Got Paid $50 For Her Nude Photographs in Playboy.
The American actress Marilyn Monroe got paid just $50 for a nude photoshoot in 1949. Back then, Hugh Hefner bought Marilyn’s photos for only $500, which later appeared in the first edition of Playboy magazine in 1953.
Dog Lover Marilyn
Marilyn had a fond for canine friends, and of course, over the time of her life, she owned many pet dogs. It is known that the last one she pet was a white Maltese terrier called Maf, short for Mafia Honey. Most importantly, that dog was a gift to her by Frank Sinatra.