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-Marilyn Monroe


“The nicest thing for me to do is sleep, then at least I can dream�

Marilyn Monroe 1926-1962


By: Bolanle Akinola


Marilyn Monroe- (pronoun) Hollywood’s definition of glamour and innocence. She was your typical girl-next door with an edge. She wasn’t the ideal 50s actress; very far past her time, appearing in over 30 films and several magazine covers, including playboy. Marilyn Monroe, born Norma Jeane Mortenson and baptized as Norma Jeane Baker, was born June 1, 1926 in Los Angeles, California, to Gladys Baker. She had a very loveless childhood. While Gladys was put in a mental institution for her instability and her episodes, Marilyn was put in many foster homes and orphanages. When she was working at the Radio Plane Munitions, she was discovered by photographer David Conover while he was doing a war effort photo shoot. He instantly fell in love with her looks and had her booked for many jobs the next few weeks. Marilyn loved modeling and wanted to take her career even further by


studying to be an actress. She studied at the Art Studio in New York. During her career as an actress, directors cast her as the typical dumb, blonde, ditzy woman who only wanted men and money during her time. She wanted to be taken seriously as an actress. That is why she turned down so many roles during the peak of her success and threatened to leave Fox, her management


Marilyn Monroe wasn’t your stereotypical ‘50s average girl next door, homemaking woman that was at the time the norm. She was in tuned with her sexuality and womanhood. Marilyn wanted to be separated from the mold where it said that men were above all. Marilyn was very innocent and though did it seem like it, she had troubles with her insecurities and struggled with what someone woman struggled with daily, whether it is her appearance or how she presents herself. Marilyn may have made some mistakes during her career and her personal life, but it doesn’t take away from the effect she’s had on girls going through.

Monroe accomplished many things during her short life. She won World Film Favorite at the 1953 and 1961 Golden Globe Awards. Marilyn Monroe, if anything, could be an inspiration. She is definitely not your do-good-for-the-world hero, but she had her own way of reaching out to others. She was the definition of the phrase

"I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together."

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of coming emotionally “from rags to riches� because of her dysfunctional childhood. Marilyn broke the barrier between the 50s housewife and being a liberated woman by posing for magazines like Playboy and starring in dramatic movies. Marilyn supported equal rights during her time and did whatever she could for others to hear them out. She was in love with the art of acting. Marilyn’s love and talent exceeded all the money and fame she had claimed.

Marilyn Monroe died on August 5, 1962. She is considered to be the most famous film actress of the 20th century. She maybe gone, but her legacy will live on for several decades.


“I have feelings too. I am still human. All I want is to be loved, for myself and for my talent.� -Marilyn Monroe


Marilyn Monroe is considered to be a hero to everybody. Marilyn’s hard work paid off when she won the 1962 Golden Globes for World Female Favorite. She liberated woman and increased the importance of them to today when she started her own production company and produced two films. Her struggles with her personal problems as a child and becoming a celebrity really helped us to connect with her as a human being despite her superstardom. Marilyn was far ahead of her time. She supported equal rights for everyone, including blacks and homosexuals. She was kind and shy to everyone regardless of whom they were. Marilyn Monroe was in love with acting. Her love of it exceeded all the money and fame that came with. I consider Marilyn Monroe a hero because she, in my opinion, had so much more class than people made her out to be. Despite her unhappiness during a time in her life, she was always respectful when she talked to others and seemed very humble when she did and almost always had a smile when doing so. She self educated herself with religion, philosophy, acting, literature, etc. Marilyn Monroe is my hero because she was working in a male dominated world during her time. I want to break barriers between everything just like she did.

"I am good, but not an angel. I do sin, but I am not the devil. I am just a small girl in a big world trying to find someone to love."

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