Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay!
Ladies of the Chorus
A Ticket to Tomahawk
Home Town Story
As Young as You Feel
Let’s Make It Legal
We’re Not Married!
Don’t Bother to Knock
O Henry’s Full House
There’s No Business Like Show Business
Let’s Make Love
She was never nominated for an Academy Award.
Marilyn Monroe: Learn more about her, review her filmography and more
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.