Norma Jean Mortensen Baker

Norma Jean Mortensen Baker (1926 - 1962)

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Norma Jean Mortensen "Marilyn Monroe" Baker aka Monroe
Born in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USAmap
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Wife of [private husband (1910s - 2000s)]
Wife of — married (to ) in San Francisco City Hall, San Francisco, San Francisco County, Californiamap
[children unknown]
Died in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USAmap
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Biography

Actress Marilyn Monroe was born as Norma Jeane Mortensen on June 1, 1926 in Los Angeles, California. During her all-too-brief life, Marilyn Monroe overcame a difficult childhood to become one of the world's biggest and most enduring sex symbols. During her career, Monroe's films grossed more than $200 million. Monroe died of a possible drug overdose on August 5, 1962, at only 36 years old.

Norma was born in 1926. She is the daughter of Charles Gifford and Gladys P. Monroe. She passed away in 1962. [1]

Childhood

After spending much of her childhood in foster homes, Monroe began a career as a model, which led to a film contract in 1946 with Twentieth Century-Fox. Her early film appearances were minor, but her performances in The Asphalt Jungle and All About Eve (both 1950) drew attention. By 1952 she had her first leading role in Don't Bother to Knock and 1953 brought a lead in Niagara, a melodramatic film noir that dwelt on her seductiveness. Her "dumb blonde" persona was used to comic effect in subsequent films such as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) and The Seven Year Itch (1955). Limited by typecasting, Monroe studied at the Actors Studio to broaden her range. Her dramatic performance in Bus Stop (1956) was hailed by critics and garnered a Golden Globe nomination. Her production company, Marilyn Monroe Productions, released The Prince and the Showgirl (1957), for which she received a BAFTA Award nomination and won a David di Donatello award. She received a Golden Globe Award for her performance in Some Like It Hot (1959). Monroe's last completed film was The Misfits (1961), co-starring Clark Gable, with a screenplay written by her then-husband, Arthur Miller.

Final Years

The final years of Monroe's life were marked by illness, personal problems, and a reputation for unreliability and being difficult to work with. The circumstances of her death, from an overdose of barbiturates, have been the subject of conjecture. Though officially classified as a "probable suicide", the possibilities of an accidental overdose or a homicide have not been ruled out. In 1999, Monroe was ranked as the sixth-greatest female star of all time by the American Film Institute. In the decades following her death, she has often been cited as both a pop and a cultural icon as well as the quintessential American sex symbol. In 2009, TV Guide Network named her No. 1 in Film's Sexiest Women of All Time.

Mayflower Descendant

A descendant of five Mayflower Passengers, Francis Cooke, John Alden, Priscilla Mullins, William Mullins and Wife Alice. Also a descendant of Henry Howland, father of Mayflower Passanger, John Howland.

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    On 15 Jan 2017 at 03:09 GMT Elizabeth (Hart) Godwin wrote:

    Is there a reason why marriage to Arthur Miller (https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Miller-24161) has not been added? See note from Bob from 2 YEARS ago.

    On 3 Dec 2016 at 15:30 GMT Cynthia (Edgemon) Rushing wrote:

    Marilyn is my 12th cousins, once removed with Agnes (Davis) Chandler our common ancestor. Agnes is Norma Jean "Marilyn" 11th great grandmother and my 12th.

    On 24 Jan 2015 at 05:04 GMT Bob Fields wrote:

    Please add playwright Arthur Miller (Miller-24161) as spouse from 1956-1961.

    On 9 Jan 2015 at 02:03 GMT Jayme (McClary) Hart wrote:

    On 22 Dec 2014 at 13:52 GMT J. (Pearson) Salsbery wrote:

    Marilyn should have the category
    Notables
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    added. Also Famous Actors of the 20th Century.



    Norma is 20 degrees from Kevin Bacon, 14 degrees from Stephen Hopkins, 27 degrees from Ben Kingsley, 23 degrees from David Selman and 23 degrees from Queen Elizabeth II of the Commonwealth Realms on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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