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Marilyn Monroe

Filmography

1947     

Dangerous Years              

 

1948     

Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay!            

Ladies of the Chorus      

 

1949     

Love Happy        

 

1950     

A Ticket to Tomahawk   

The Asphalt Jungle  

All About Eve      

The Fireball         

Right Cross  

 

1951     

Home Town Story             

As Young as You Feel      

Love Nest  

Let’s Make It Legal

 

1952     

Clash by Night  

We’re Not Married!        

Don’t Bother to Knock     

Monkey Business             

O Henry’s Full House

 

1953     

Niagara                  

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes  

How to Marry a Millionaire  

 

1954     

River of No Return            

There’s No Business Like Show Business  

 

1955     

The Seven Year Itch          

 

1956     

Bus Stop                

 

1957     

The Prince and the Showgirl         

 

1959     

Some Like It Hot                

 

1960     

Let’s Make Love  

 

1961     

The Misfits

 

 

Awards

She was never nominated for an Academy Award.

I’m selfish, impatient, and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I’m out of control, and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.  ~ Marilyn Monroe  

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Actress, Biographies

Marilyn Monroe appeared in 29 films between 1946 and 1961.  After a brief career in modeling she signed short-term film contracts, first with 20th Century Fox, then Columbia Pictures, and appeared in minor roles for the first few years of her career. In 1950, she made minor appearances in two critically acclaimed films, The Asphalt Jungle and All About Eve.  The parts in the two films were against many of the roles into which she was typecast, that of the dumb blonde. Margot A. Henriksen, her biographer with the American National Biography, considers the typecast “an unfair stereotype that bothered her throughout her career”.

Her major breakthrough came in 1953, when she starred in three pictures: the film noir Niagara, and the comedies Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and How to Marry a Millionaire. Sarah Churchwell, Monroe’s biographer, notes that “unconscious, rather than conscious, sexuality would become the Marilyn hallmark after 1953”, and the actress became one of the most popular and recognizable people in America. In 1955 Monroe appeared in the Billy Wilder–directed comedy The Seven Year Itch, in which she becomes the object of her married neighbor’s sexual fantasies. In it, Monroe stands on a subway grate with the air blowing up the skirt of her white dress, which became one of the most famous scenes of her career.

After appearing in Bus Stop (1956), Monroe founded her own production company, Marilyn Monroe Productions, in 1955; the company produced one film independently, The Prince and the Showgirl (1957). Monroe then appeared in Some Like It Hot (1959) and The Misfits (1961). She was suspended from the filming of Something’s Got to Give in June 1962, and the film remained uncompleted when she died in August. Although she was a top-billed actress for only a decade, her films grossed $200 million by the time of her death in 1962.

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