Need answers on Marilyns life

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I was just wondering if you know the answers to these following questions.

1) How did her early life influence her?

2) What did she achieve in her life?

3) What is her legacy?

Thank you.

Regards Georgia

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  1. John

    Here are my attempts at answering your questions!

    1. How did her early life influence her?

    Marilyns mother, Gladys, suffered from mental illness most of her life and was institutionalized several times during Marilyns childhood. She stayed in an institution throughout Marilyns life and died there in the 1980s. Her grandmother, Della Monroe, also suffered from mental illness, and a grandfather had committed suicide. All this served to haunt Marilyn throughout her life as she thought she too might succumb to the ravages of mental illness in later life.

    Marilyn spent much of her youth in foster care and in orphanages, and for a time, she was cared for by Gladys herself. Marilyn was treated well by these families and orphanages, but she still felt hard done by as she had a mother, but not one that could look after her. Marilyn said later, I knew I belonged to the public and to the world, not because I was talented or even beautiful, but because I had never belonged to anything or anyone. She was a quiet shy child and had an awful stammer. She lost herself in the magical world of the movies, and this is how she became to want to be a movie actress. She wanted more than anything to gain peoples attention and to be thought of as beautiful. "No-one ever told me I was pretty when I was a little girl. All little girls should be told they are pretty, even if they arent." She had always been the foster kid or just another number in the orphanage, Marilyn wanted recognition for herself, or at least for whom she created? Marilyn Monroe.

    2. What did she achieve in her life?

    3. What is her legacy?

    I feel these two questions overlap somewhat. Whatever she achieved in her life has been left to the public as her legacy, as she had no children.

    Marilyn made many movies during her lifetime, the main ones being:

    1961 The Misfits

    1960 Lets Make Love

    1959 Some Like It Hot

    1957 The Prince and the Showgirl

    1956 Bus Stop

    1955 The Seven Year Itch

    1954 There is No Business Like Show Business

    1954 River of No Return

    1953 How to Marry a Millionaire

    1953 Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

    1953 Niagara

    1952 Do not Bother to Knock

    1950 The Asphalt Jungle

    1948 Ladies of the Chorus

    She also won or was nominated for the following:

    1952 Photoplay Award: Special Award

    1953 Golden Globe Henrietta Award: World Film Favorite Female.

    1953 Photoplay Award: Most Popular Female Star

    1956 BAFTA Film Award nomination: Best Foreign Actress for The Seven Year Itch

    1956 Golden Globe nomination: Best Motion Picture Actress in Comedy or Musical for Bus Stop

    1958 BAFTA Film Award nomination: Best Foreign Actress for The Prince and the Showgirl

    1958 David Di Donatello Award (Italian): Best Foreign Actress for The Prince and the Showgirl

    1959 Crystal Star Award (French): Best Foreign Actress for The Prince and the Showgirl

    1960 Golden Globe, Best Motion Picture Actress in Comedy or Musical for Some Like It Hot

    Golden Laurel, Top Female Comedy Performance for Some Like It Hot.

    1962 Golden Globe, World Film Favorite: Female

    Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame 6104 Hollywood Blvd.

    Ella Fitzgerald was quoted as saying that Marilyn was an unusual woman a little ahead of her times after Marilyn had lobbied the owner of the Mocambo Club to let Fitzgerald sing. At that time, in the 1950s, Hollywood nightclubs non-white artists were not allowed to perform. When Marilyn learned that Ella had been turned away from this club, she contacted the owner of the club and told him that if he booked Fitzgerald, she would take a front table every night. Fitzgerald was booked, and Marilyn was indeed at that front table every night. The booking was instrumental in Fitzgeralds career.

    Marilyn formed her own production company with friend and photographer Milton H. Greene. This action showed her again to be a woman with guts and ambition.

    She was also one of the most photographed people in the world. Many of the greatest took her picture ? Henri Cartier Bresson, Richard Avedon, Milton Greene, Andre De Dienes, Eve Arnold, Phillipe Halsman, to name but a few?

    She is also one of the most written about people in the world. In the 44 years since her death, Marilyn Monroe has been the subject of some 600 books, authors include such literary notables as Norman Mailer and Truman Capote. She has also been the subject of scores of newspaper and magazine articles, over forty biopic and documentary films, twenty or so plays, 10 novels, two musicals, a ballet and an opera. And most famously, Elton John and Bernie Taupin wrote Candle in the Wind? For her. She also worked with some of the greatest directors on her films? John Huston for one. compiled a survey titled "Highest-Earning Dead Celebrities," which compared the money the celebrities estates earn annually from sales of licensed books, recordings, coffee cups, posters and advertisements, among other things. Monroe ranked seventh? The only woman in the top 13 ? with earnings of more than $8 million a year, more than forty years after her death. The official Monroe website,, has received more than 2 billion hits since its inception about seven years ago.

    I hope that helps you out. If you have any further queries do not hesitate to ask me!

    Best wishes,

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