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Today in History: June 1st, 1926

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Photo Credit: Bettmann / Getty Images

The ‘Blonde Bombshell’ Marilyn Monroe is Born

On June 1, 1926, Marilyn Monroe was born in Los Angeles, California. She would grow up to become one of Hollywood’s most iconic actresses and a worldwide symbol of beauty and glamour. Her short life and career left a lasting impact on the entertainment industry, making her a timeless legend.

Marilyn Monroe was born as Norma Jeane Mortenson, later taking the name Baker from her mother. Raised by her mother, Gladys Pearl Baker, Monroe’s early life was filled with instability. She spent much of her childhood in foster homes and an orphanage. Despite these challenges, she dreamed of becoming a star, a dream that would eventually come true.

Headshot of Marilyn Monroe.
Marilyn Monroe poses for a portrait, circa 1953. (Photo Credit: Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images)

Monroe’s path to fame began with modeling. Her striking looks caught the attention of photographers, and soon she transitioned to acting. She signed her first movie contract in 1946. Monroe’s breakthrough came with roles in films like Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) and The Seven Year Itch (1955), where her charm and comedic talent shone. Her famous scene standing over a subway grate with her dress blowing up became one of the most iconic images in film history.

Marilyn Monroe starred in numerous successful films, including Some Like It Hot (1959), for which she won a Golden Globe for Best Actress. Despite her on-screen success, Monroe faced personal struggles, including battles with mental health and substance abuse. Her tragic death in 1962 at the age of 36 shocked the world. Monroe’s influence extends beyond her movies; she became a cultural icon representing beauty, femininity, and the complexities of fame. Her life and work continue to fascinate and inspire people around the globe.

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Marilyn Monroe’s birth on June 1, 1926, marks the arrival of a Hollywood legend. Throughout her career, she captivated audiences with her talent and beauty, leaving an indelible mark on the film industry. Monroe’s legacy endures, reminding us of the powerful impact one individual can have on culture and entertainment. Her story is a testament to the allure and the challenges of stardom.

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