Marilyn Monroe was considered the ultimate sex symbol of the 1950s and early 60s. She was born in Los Angeles and was raised under the name Norma Jeane Baker. In the early 1940s Marilyn became a successful model and was featured in many magazines.She was noticed by movie executives and was signed to a long term film contract with 20th Century Fox in 1950.
In 1952 Marilyn Monroe caught the attention of the entire United States when nude photos of her were published in a calendar. The pictures were taken from a 1949 shoot with photographer Tom Kelley. In response to this Monroe claimed that she took the photos only because she had no money at the time. This generated a widely publicized sympathy story and Monroe was featured on the cover of major magazines. During her lifetime, Marilyn Monroe was married to three separate men, James Dougherty, Joe DiMaggio, and playwright Arthur Miller. During the 1950s Marilyn starred in many successful films and was a popular actress.
Why So Sexy
Marilyn Monroe was often times casted in movie roles as the hot and sexy blond. She became internationally known for her blond hair, fashion, soft voice, and rowdy behavior. In December of 1953 Marilyn Monroe was featured in the first issue of Playboy Magazine. She was pictured on the cover and nude photos of her were used in the issue. This helped make Monroe a sexual icon and she gained interest from many powerful men, including the Kennedy brothers.
During her career, Marilyn Monroe was a popular singer and released many singles. She notably traveled overseas to perform and dance for thousands of soldiers fighting in the Korean War. During the 1950s Marilyn Monroe was idealized by millions of American men and women. Sadly she died on August 5, 1962 under suspicious circumstances. The official cause of death was an overdose of barbiturates and her death was initially ruled a “probable suicide.”