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Marilyn Monroe Essay

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Marilyn Monroe was a legend. In her own lifetime she created a myth of what a poor girl from a deprived background could attain. For the entire world she became a symbol of the eternal feminine. But I have no words to describe the myth and legend. Nor would she want us to do so." Those were the words delivered at her Eulogy by Lee Stratsberg (Lefkowitz 114). The Eulogy summed up her impact then and it does now as well. Marilyn Monroe impacted music, movies, society and culture, in her time ,and still does today.
Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortenson, as it said on her birth certificate, although she was also known as Norma Jeane Baker because she never knew the true identity of her ...view middle of the document...

After she singed on with Twentieth Century Fox she adopted the name Marilyn Monroe (Wilson Biography 1). The Marilyn came from her favorite actress and Monroe came from her mother's maiden name (McKittnick 1).
"Looking back I guess I used to play act all the time. For one thing, it meant I could live in a more interesting world than the one around me (Wilson Biography 1).
She starred in dozens of movies. Some of her more famous included, "Don't Bother to Knock", "Full House", "Clash by Night", "We're Not Married", "Niagara", "How to Marry a Millionaire", "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" and "Monkey Business". A Hollywood columnist, Hedda Hopper called her "Hollywood's Most promising star" and she received Photoplay magazine's "Most Popular Actress" Award. (Cavendish paragraph 3). In February of 1956 Walter Winchell broadcasted an item about "America's best known blonde movie picture star" and Marilyn was the star (Cavendish 1). She earned more money, by 1953, for her studio than any other Hollywood star (Wilson Biography II). Even though she had all this success she still wasn't satisfied with the progress of her career( paragraph II). In that time she had married former Yankee outfielder, Joe Di Maggio. The marriage was short-lived. It only lasted nine months. She was very upset about the divorce and overwhelmed by her career so she decided to leave Hollywood and go to New York City to study at an acting studio under Lee Stratsberg (Wilson Co. 4). She was determined to shed her image as just a sex symbol (Lefkowitz 138). In January 1955, upon returning to Hollywood, Marilyn Monroe announced that she and photographer, Milton Greene had formed their own production Company. It was called Marilyn Monroe Productions and it did pretty well (Wilson Biography I). On May 19, 1962 Marilyn left the filming of the movie Something's Gotta Give to sing happy birthday at President John F. Kennedy's birthday party (Lefkowitz 14). She was the headliner for the major event. Throughout her career she was adept at making the "risqué acceptable and turning potential scandal into positive publicity" (Lefkowitz 15). For Monroe it was a perfect performance, drawing on everything she was famous for; "her looks, her clothes, her walk, her breathy voice, her sultry singing, her earthy seductiveness, her provocative yet naive manner and her ability to poke fun at her own glamorous image" (Lefkowitz 16). The party is one of the most celebrated moments in history of entertainment TV (Lefkowitz 17).
Right before the release of the movie The Bus Stop, on July 1,1956, Marilyn married...

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