Marilyn Monroe

Highest Rated: 100% Don't Bother to Knock (1952)
Lowest Rated: 57% River of No Return (1954)
Birthday: Jun 1, 1926
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
The most endlessly talked-about and mythologized figure in Hollywood history, Marilyn Monroe remains the ultimate superstar, her rise and fall the stuff that both dreams and nightmares are made of. Innocent, vulnerable, and impossibly alluring, she defined the very essence of screen sexuality. Rising from pin-up girl to international superstar, she was a gifted comedienne whom the camera adored, a luminous and incomparably magnetic screen presence. In short, she had it all, yet her career and life came crashing to a tragic halt, a Cinderella story gone horribly wrong; dead before her time -- her fragile beauty trapped in amber, impervious to the ravages of age -- Monroe endures as the movies' greatest and most beloved icon, a legend eclipsing all others. Born Norma Jean Mortensen (later Baker) on June 1, 1926, in Los Angeles, she was seemingly destined for a life of tragedy: Her mother spent the majority of her life institutionalized, she was raised in an endless succession of orphanages and foster homes, and she was raped at the age of eight. By 1942, she was married to one Jim Dougherty, subsequently dropping out of school to work in an aircraft production plant; within a year she attempted suicide. When Dougherty entered the military, Baker bleached her hair and began modeling. By 1946, the year of the couple's divorce, she was accredited to a top agency, and her image regularly appeared in national publications. Her photos piqued the interest of the eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes, who scheduled her for a screen test at RKO; however, 20th Century Fox beat him to the punch, and soon she was on their payroll at 125 dollars a week.Rechristened Marilyn Monroe, she began studying at the Actors' Lab in Hollywood; however, when virtually nothing but a bit role in the juvenile delinquent picture The Dangerous Years came of her Fox contract, she signed to Columbia in 1948, where she was tutored by drama coach Natasha Lytess. There she starred in Ladies of the Chorus before they too dropped her. After briefly appearing in the 1949 Marx Brothers comedy Love Happy, she earned her first real recognition for her turn as a crooked lawyer's mistress in the 1950 John Huston thriller The Asphalt Jungle. Good notices helped Monroe win a small role in the classic All About Eve, but she otherwise continued to languish relatively unnoticed in bit parts. While she was now back in the Fox stable, studio chief Darryl F. Zanuck failed to recognize her potential, and simply mandated that she appear in any picture in need of a sexy, dumb blonde. In 1952, RKO borrowed Monroe for a lead role in the Barbara Stanwyck picture Clash by Night. The performance brought her significant exposure, which was followed by the publication of a series of nude photos she had posed for two years prior. The resulting scandal made her a celebrity, and seemingly overnight she was the talk of Hollywood. Zanuck quickly cast her as a psychotic babysitter in a quickie project titled Don't Bother to Knock, and after a series of minor roles in other similarly ill-suited vehicles, Monroe starred in 1953's Niagara, which took full advantage of her sexuality to portray her as a sultry femme fatale. However, lighter, more comedic fare was Monroe's strong suit, as evidenced by her breakout performance in the Howard Hawks musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Like its follow-up How to Marry a Millionaire (just the second film shot in the new CinemaScope process), the picture was among the year's top-grossing ventures, and her newfound stardom was cemented. After starring in the 1954 Western River of No Return, Monroe continued to make headlines by marrying New York Yankees baseball great Joe DiMaggio. She also made a much-publicized appearance singing for American troops in Korea, and -- in a telling sign of things to come -- created a flap by failing to show up on the set of the movie The Girl in Pink Tights. As far back as 1952, Monroe had earned a reputation for her late on-set ar


Highest Rated Movies



65% Love, Marilyn Actor $2.9K 2012
No Score Yet Marilyn Monroe - Ich möchte geliebt werden Actor 2012
No Score Yet Il était une fois... Certains l'aiment chaud Actor 2009
No Score Yet Hollywood Icons: James Dean & Marilyn Monroe Actor 2008
No Score Yet Marilyn Monroe: A Life in Pictures Actor 2005
No Score Yet Marilyn's Man Actor 2004
No Score Yet Korean War in Color Actor Director 2002
No Score Yet Marilyn Monroe - The Mortal Goddess Actor 2002
No Score Yet The Fabulous '50s Actor 2002
No Score Yet Marilyn Monroe: The Final Days Actor 2001
No Score Yet The Complete Marilyn Monroe Actor 2001
No Score Yet The Complete Marilyn Monroe Actor 2000
No Score Yet Marilyn In Manhattan Actor 1998
No Score Yet Marilyn Monroe: The Mortal Goddess Actor 1996
No Score Yet We Remember Marilyn Actor 1996
No Score Yet 25 Years of Entertainment: Hollywood Highs Actor 1990
No Score Yet Remembering Marilyn Actor 1988
No Score Yet Forty Years of Television Broadcast Journalism: A Salute to KTLA Actor 1987
No Score Yet Hollywood Home Movies Actor 1987
No Score Yet Hollywood Collection Actor 1985
No Score Yet Marilyn: Say Goodbye to the President Herself 1985
No Score Yet Arthur Miller on Home Ground Actor 1979
No Score Yet Marilyn: Portrait of a Legend Actor 1966
No Score Yet Something's Got to Give Actor 1962
97% The Misfits Roslyn Taber 1961
64% Let's Make Love Amanda Dell 1960
97% Some Like It Hot Sugar Kane 1959
67% The Prince and the Showgirl Elsie 1957
79% Bus Stop Cherie 1956
87% The Seven Year Itch The Girl 1955
67% There's No Business Like Show Business Vicky 1954
57% River of No Return Kay Weston 1954
98% Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Lorelei 1953
86% Niagara Rose Loomis 1953
83% How to Marry a Millionaire Pola Debevoise 1953
No Score Yet Edward R. Murrow: the Best of Person to Person Actor 1953
No Score Yet O. Henry's Full House Streetwalker 1952
88% Monkey Business Lois Laurel 1952
100% Don't Bother to Knock Nell Forbes 1952
No Score Yet We're Not Married Annabel Jones Norris 1952
73% Clash by Night Peggy 1952
No Score Yet Let's Make It Legal Joyce 1951
No Score Yet Love Nest Bobbi Stevens 1951
No Score Yet As Young as You Feel Harriet 1951
No Score Yet Home Town Story Iris Martin 1951
No Score Yet The Fireball Polly 1950
No Score Yet Right Cross Blonde 1950
97% The Asphalt Jungle Angela Phinlay 1950
No Score Yet A Ticket to Tomahawk Clara 1950
No Score Yet Love Happy Grunion's Client 1950
100% All About Eve Miss Casswell 1950
No Score Yet Hollywood Without Makeup Actor 1950
No Score Yet Ladies of the Chorus Peggy Martin 1948
No Score Yet Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay!, (Summer Lightning) Girl Friend 1948
No Score Yet The Shocking Miss Pilgrim Actor 1947


No Score Yet American Masters
  • 2006