Marilyn Monroe died on August 5, , yet she's remained an unforgettable icon for more than half a century. As with many pop-culture figures, some overly hyped aspects of Monroe's story — such as her reputation as a "dumb blonde" and the mystery around her death — have often overshadowed other aspects of her legacy. Here are six fascinating facts about her life that reveal a more nuanced picture of the real woman behind the legend:. During the war, she went to work in a factory that made military drones. There, she was discovered by a photographer searching for subjects to inspire the troops. Monroe demonstrated her gratitude to these fans by interrupting her honeymoon with second husband Joe DiMaggio to visit troops in Korea in February
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Actress Marilyn Monroe overcame a difficult childhood to become one of the world's biggest and most enduring sex symbols. Monroe died of a drug overdose on August 5, , at only 36 years old. Monroe was born on June 1, , in Los Angeles, California. Growing up, Monroe spent much of her time in foster care and in an orphanage. In , a family friend and her husband, Grace and Doc Goddard, took care of Monroe for a few years. The couple was deeply religious and followed fundamentalist doctrines; among other prohibited activities, Monroe was not allowed to go to the movies.
Marilyn Monroe had a difficult childhood. Born Norma Jean Mortensen on June 1, to a mentally unstable mother and absent father, she spent her childhood in a series of foster homes and an orphanage. The identity of Norma's father is still unclear. Mother Gladys had married Martin Mortensen in , although they separated in , before her pregnancy with Norma, and divorced in After Norma's birth, Gladys changed her surname to Baker, the name of her first husband.
It was then that the year-old revealed the sought-after footage has been stored away in a filing cabinet since his father died in at age While we were talking, he just mentioned casually that he had the famous nude scene that people thought was destroyed, that was long speculated about. It was one of the things that I was unable to uncover for the book. The love scene called for Monroe to be in bed as Gable walks into the bedroom to kiss her.