In Memory of Norma Jeane Baker (a.k.a.: Marilyn Monroe)
Born June 1, 1926 – Passed Away August 5, 1962
This memorial website was created in the memory of Norma Jeane. Baker, born in Los Angeles, California on June 1, 1926 and passed away on August 5, 1962 at 36 years of age.
Marilyn Monroe (June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962), born Norma Jeane Mortenson,
but baptized Norma Jeane Baker, was an American actress, singer and model.
After spending much of her childhood in foster homes, Monroe began a career
as a model, which led to a film contract in 1946. Her early roles were minor,
but her performances in The Asphalt Jungle and All About Eve (both 1950) were
well received. She was praised for her comedic ability in such films as Gentlemen
Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire, Some Like It Hot and The Seven Year
Itch, and became one of Hollywood's most popular and glamorous performers.
The typecasting of Monroe's "dumb blonde" persona limited her career
prospects, so she broadened her range. She studied at the Actors Studio and
formed Marilyn Monroe Productions. Her dramatic performance in William Inge's
Bus Stop was hailed by critics, and she won a Golden Globe Award for her performance
in Some Like it Hot.
The final years of Monroe's life were marked by illness, personal problems,
and a reputation for being unreliable and difficult to work with. The circumstances
of her death, from an overdose of barbiturates, have been the subject of conjecture.
Though officially classified as a "probable suicide," the possibility
of an accidental overdose has not been ruled out.
In 1999, Monroe was ranked as the sixth greatest female star of all time by
the American Film Institute.