She was born with another name, Norma Jeane Mortenson and she was born in Los Angeles, was it a premonition about she will be an angel? in 1926. Her father had already abandoned the family, bad thing, and her mother, Gladys, entered into several relationships while she was in and out of different mental institutions (yes, a lot of really bad things). Norma spent time in foster homes and at 9 she was placed in an orphanage…
Soon, she married an old farmer, James Dougherty, who could blame her? But they divorce four years later and she started to model swimsuits. She was already our eternal blonding, the sexiest girl of Hollywood cinema. Howard Hughes offered then a screen test to her (a clever man this H.H.) but she preferred 20th Century-Fox: The Shocking Miss Pilgrim; Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay!; Dangerous Years… not a success and she went back to modeling and to acting school…
Then, she posed nude, Playboy spread her image on that famous calendar and… the fame arrived: The Asphalt Jungle and All About Eve.
In 1953, directed by another Howard, this time the great Hawks, she appeared in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, her trademark was made: the platinum sexy woman + the innocent girl… How to Marry a Millionaire and Seven Year Itch were the next films: she was already an American icon (that one that will print Warhol).
In Bus Stop (1956), she got a dramatic role because, poor blonding, she wanted to be a Great Lady of Classic Theater. She married the author Arthur Miller and she went to Britain to film with Laurence Olivier The Prince and the Showgirl (Sir Laurence Olivier didn’t understand her, was he able to understand any woman?).
Returning to America, she started to be sad and unsatisfied, also Some Like It Holt, the famous comedy with Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon was complete success.
Too much drink, divorces, manipulations… Her last film The Misfits, with Clark Gable, shows a tired women. She died with 36.