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Norma Jeane Mortenson, later Norma Jeane Baker and best known as Marilyn Monroe, was born on July 1, 1926. She was an American film actress and one of the most popular of the twentieth century. Considered a pop icon and a sexual symbol, she died on August 5, 1962.
Since the late 1940s, she appeared in many small roles, her most known contributions are: The Asphalt Jungle (1950) and All About Eve (1950). She got her first leading role in Don't Bother to Knock (1952). Its period of greatest popularity started the following year when she did Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) and The Seven Year Itch (1955). Its most praised acting was Sugar Kane for Billy Wilder's film Some Like it Hot (1959), for which she even won a Golden Globe for best comedy or musical actress, and in her last years she starred in films like Let's Make Love (1960) and The Misfits (1960), written by her husband Arthur Miller.
Her tragic and suspicious death.
Marilyn Monroe was found unconscious in the bedroom of her home in Brentwood, California, by her housekeeper, Eunice Murray, after eleven o'clock on the night of Saturday, August 4, 1962. Transferred to the nearest hospital, nothing could be done for her life. According to other versions, Eunice Murray found her already dead in her bed.
The tanatologist Thomas Noguchi found no remains of barbiturates in the stomach, “The stomach is almost completely empty”, “No residue of the pills is noted”. However, it was reported to the press that she had taken forty Nembutal capsules, so it was an overdose suicide.
Police Sergeant Jack Clemmons, who twenty minutes earlier had received the call from Eunice Murray, appeared at the scene, immediately suspecting that, according to all indications, it was a murder:
The room was in perfect order (Marilyn was very messy).
No remains of barbiturates were found.
She was completely naked, lying on her side, covered with a sheet, with her hands down, but the corpse had to be moved since the rigor mortis and other signs indicated that she had died on her back. Her clothes were still being washed in the washing machine and the other sheets had been changed.
While the police arrived, Eunice Murray had thoroughly cleaned the room.
The death must have occurred some eight hours before his statement.
The actress presented bruises and strong blows throughout the body.
Both the actress's personal diary, which must have been kept in a small locked box, and the phone records of that night, disappeared.
The photographs of the scene of the crime were manipulated, appearing in their place a totally disordered room.
Her most famous scenes
Her most popular scene appears in this film.
In the film, the white dress appears in the sequence where Marilyn Monroe and Tom Ewell leave Trans-Lux 52nd Street Theater, and then go to 586 Lexington Avenue in Manhattan, when they had just seen the 1954 horror film Creature from the Black Lagoon. When they hear the subway passing under the grilles on the sidewalk, the character of Monroe stands on the fence saying "Ooo, do you feel the subway breeze?", while the wind lifts the dress showing her legs.
THIS IS THE SECENE:
Happy Birthday, Mr. President !
Happy birthday, Mr. President was the famous subject with which Marilyn Monroe congratulated the then president of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, during the party held on Saturday, May 19, 1962 in Madison New York's Square Garden for its forty-fifth birthday (May 29). Jacqueline, who knew that Marilyn was going to attend the act, did not accompany her husband. She believed he had relations with the actress. More than fifteen thousand people attended the event.