"Being a sex symbol is a heavy load to carry, especially when one is tired, hurt and bewildered."
Norma Jeane Mortenson (later baptised as Norma Jeane Baker), more famously known as Marilyn Monroe, was born on this day, June 1, 1926 in Los Angeles, California.
Due to a mentally unstable mother and the unclear status as to who her biological father was, she spent the majority of her childhood in orphanages and foster care.
Married for the first time in 1942 at age 16, she started modeling while her husband, Jim Dougherty was away as a Merchant Marine in World War II. Encouraged by the possibility of a modeling and acting career which her husband disapproved of, she divorced Dougherty in 1946.
After being featured in a few small roles, she signed with 20th Century Fox in 1950.
The Golden Globe winning actress starred in numerous films like Niagara (1953), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), How to Marry a Millionaire (1953), The Seven Year Itch (1955), Some Like It Hot (1959) and The Misfits (1961).
Married and divorced three times, famously to baseball player Joe Di Maggio and playwright Arthur Miller. It has long been rumoured that she had an affair with President John F. Kennedy (while he was in the White House) and his brother Robert Kennedy as well.
Suffering life-long bouts of depression and insomnia, she became dependent on sleeping pills and alcohol, which exacerbated her erratic and self-destructive behaviour. Her constant tardiness and physical illness thought to be brought on by acute stage fright, resulted in her being suspended and then permanently dismissed from 20th Century Films.
Marilyn Monroe died on August 5, 1962. She was found unconscious and unresponsive in her bedroom at her Brentwood home in Los Angeles, California. Although deemed as an 'probable suicide' caused by a drug overdose, there has always been an aura of mystery surrounding the details of her death, leading many to believe there was some sort of conspiracy to cover up the truth of what really happened to Ms. Monroe.