Marilyn Monroe (June 1, 1926 - August 5, 1962) was an American actress, also having a career in modeling. Since her death in 1962, Monroe has become a popular cultural icon.
Monroe's childhood was mostly spent in Los Angeles, California, marrying for the first time, to James Dougherty, at age 16. In 1944, Monroe was working at a factory when she was met by a photographer and began a successful career in pin-up modeling. Following a few minor roles, she signed a contract with Fox in 1951 and became even more famous as a result of her roles in several comedies. A scandal emerged that she had posed for nude photos which only furthered interest in her films. Though Monroe enjoyed the boost to her popularity, she disliked being typecast as a dumb blonde. Monroe gained more control on her films along with a higher salary after another contract with Fox in 1955.
Monroe died at age 36 in August 1962, her death being ruled a suicide by barbiturate overdoes, though conspiracy theories have persisted in the decades since.