From her uncredited roles in many of her early films such as Green Grass of Wyoming, to her most famous, or infamous, roles in movies such as Some Like it Hot, Marilyn Monroe has always made her presence known on-screen.
Whether she was singing or just working the camera, Marilyn was famous for leaving her audiences with unforgettable images and long-lasting memories of her beautiful face and unmatched charisma. Throughout the years, Marilyn Monroe made headlines on and off-screen, but no matter what you remember her for, you surely do remember her.
Born Norma Jean Mortenson in 1926, Marilyn Monroe had an unstable childhood and was married at the age of 16. By the age of 20, however, Marilyn had begun to make a name for herself when she aligned with Twentieth Century Fox. Although many of her roles throughout the early 1950’s were small, most of which she was not even credited with, she took the front stage after she starred in Niagara.
Many audiences, modern day and those from Marilyn’s time, remember Marilyn Monroe for her knockout performances in films such as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and How to Marry a Millionaire. Although Marilyn’s career ended too soon, her effects on the silver screen and in society in general, will be felt for many years to come. Her influence on pop culture is nearly unmatched by any celebrity before or after her.
More than just a beautiful face or a talented actress, Marilyn Monroe was and is a legend. From her memorable moments on-screen, to her controversial decisions off-screen (such as deciding to release nude pictures of herself to Playboy in 1953), she will remain in the minds in all those who have seen her face for many years to come.