class assignment: celebrity obituary - MARILYN MONROE LOVE YOU!

Celebrity Obituary - it had to follow all these guidelines and had to have an expert from my college ..

            Marilyn Monroe, famous actress and celebrity icon died on August 5, 1962.

            Monroe, 43, was found dead at her Brentwood home in Los Angeles, California. According to Dr. Thomas Noguchi, of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office, Monroe’s cause of death was reported as “acute barbiturate poisoning,” from a “probable suicide.”

The 1953 film Niagara launched Monroe to superstar status. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and How to Marry a Millionaire, both premiering later that year, were even more successful.

Monroe was the quintessential female. She had a tiny girlie voice and a sweet and innocent almost modest demeanor yet was sexy, bold and suggestive. Both both men and women saw her as attractive, desirable and provocative. “Men wanted to hold her and women wanted to be her. Ironically, she was mostly a size 14 which by today’s standards would not fit the ideal,” Expert Kathleen ___________, a Communications Professor at ___________ and professor of the Pop Culture class said, “her image was linked to her curves. She was very shapely with a voluptuous bust, small waist and rounded, curving hips. She wore clothes that clung to her to accentuate the look. She was seen by many as the ultimate beautiful, sexy woman.”

Norma Jeane Mortenson (later baptized as Norma Jeane Baker) was born on June 1, 1926 in Los Angeles California.  She never knew her father and her mother, Gladys, was later institutionalized. Monroe spent much of her childhood in foster care and in an orphanage. After 1937, she was bounced from one family members to another due to frequent sexual assault attempts against her by two different men she was staying with.

Monroe was faced again with foster care until the 16 year old wed her boyfriend Jimmy Dougherty on June 19, 1942. As a merchant marine he was sent overseas to work. Norma Jeane got a job at an airplane factory.  When a photographer came to take pictures, he suggested she apply for a modeling position at the Blue Book model agency.  By 1946, she was on 33 magazine covers and posing for top photographers.

The couple divorced in August 1946. Later that year, Norma Jeane signed her first movie contract as Marilyn Monroe with MGM. Her career didn’t take off until the 1950s, after she had been dropped and resigned to contracts several times.

In 1953, Monroe reached superstar status starring in Niagara. Later that year Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and How To Marry a Millionaire premiered and were both hits. In 1954, she married Yankee Joe DiMaggio. Their marriage lasted nine months. The following two years she found success in, There’s No Business like Show Business and The Seven Year Itch. She wed playwright Arthur Miller at this time. In 1959, Monroe starred in the popular Some Like It Hot, which earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Comedy.

Her last completed film, The Misfits, was a box office disappointment.  By this time she was divorced from Miller, having become so depressed, she was dismissed from 1962’s Something’s Got to Give for missing so many days of filming.  Right before her death rumors began circulating that she was involved with President John F. Kennedy and/or his brother Robert. Even suggesting they had something to do with her death yet nothing has ever been proven.

“Some were bothered after her death with the scandal of pills, presidents and rumors of promiscuity. It was a double standard for Monroe. She should be sexy and scintillating but she should not act freely as a sexual woman,” Expert Kathleen _______ said in interview.

Marilyn Monroe is interred in a pink marble crypt at Corridor of Memories, #24 at the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in West Los Angeles.