NORMA JEANE BAKER
NORMA JEANE MORTENSON
NORMA JEANE DOUGHERTY
1926 – Born Norma Jeane Baker on June 1.
1927-1942 – Lived in foster homes, with several relatives.
1943 – At age 16, married next door neighbor, James Dougherty
1944 – Pin-up career, modeling
1953 – Adopted the trademark beauty mark on left upper lip.
1953 – Appeared on Jack Benny Show
1953 – June hand & footprints in concrete outside Grauman’s Chinese Theatre
1953 – Hugh Hefner features her on cover and as centerfold in first issue of PLAYBOY magazine.
1954 – Marriage to Joe DeMaggio (9 months duration)
1955 – Iconic subway grate scene for THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH
1955 – Begins psychoanalysis, recommended by Lee Strasberg her acting coach.
1955 – Marilyn begins a relationship with playwright Arthur Miller, later investigated by FBI for allegations of communism
1956 – Walter Winchell makes a statement that “America’s best-known blonde moving picture star is now the darling of the left-wing intelligentsia.
1956 – Marries Arthur Miller in June
1956 – Receives Golden Globe for Best Actress in movie BUS STOP.
1956 – Dependence on pharmaceuticals escalates, experiences two miscarriages, suffers from endometriosis.
1957 – Receives European award: Italian David de Donatello and the Crystal Star award.
1956-1959 – Marilyn hospitalized for barbiturate addiction, takes a sabbatical due to endometriosis.
1959 – SOME LIKE IT HOT earns Marilyn a Golden Globe for Best Actress.
1960 – Release of LET’S MAKE LOVE, reviewed by Hedda Hopper as “the most vulgar picture she has ever done”.
1960 – Gallstone pain necessitate barbiturates for which she spent a week in a hospital detoxing.
1961 – Marilyn obtains a Mexican divorce from Miller
1961 – Surgeries: cholecystectomy, endometriosis, depression keep her hospitalized
1962 – Purchases a house in Brentwood, Los Angeles, California
1962 – World Film Favorite Golden Globe Award for SOMETHING’S GOT TO GIVE
1962 – Six weeks of sinusitis postpones production of SOMETHING’S GOT TO GIVE (remake of the 1940 movie: MY FAVORITE WIFE)
1962 – Fox re-opens negotiations to recommence SOMETHING’S GOT TO GIVE and WHAT A WAY TO GO!
1962 – Marilyn sings HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR. PRESIDENT to John F. Kennedy on May 19.
1962 – August 6, 1962: MARILYN MONROE found nude in bed, KILLS HERSELF.
1964 – To repair her public image, Marilyn posed in 1962 for two series of photographs taken by Bert Stern which he published for her posthumously with the title THE LAST SITTING.