Beauty & Fashion
Happy 85th Birthday, Norma Jeane!
Written by Nicole | June 1, 2011
You all know that I’m a huge Marilyn Monroe fan (so this post is no surprise!). Many people just think of her as this superficial, sexually promiscuous floozy. However, she was a very complex girl and more than meets the eye. She is a perfect example of how an innocent and susceptible young girl can get sucked up and hurt in the Devil’s playground that we call Hollywood.
She was born in 1926 in Hawthorne, California and always dreamed of becoming an actress. She had a broken childhood without a dad, and her mother was in and out of mental institutions her whole life, so she had to grow up in foster homes. Her dream of becoming a movie star was so she could be loved by the public, since she lacked that care in her youth.
She believed in God, was well-read, had a huge heart and just wanted to be loved. She unfortunately got seduced by many men (including JFK and his brother Bobby) who told her they loved her. I’m sure we all know girls who get tricked into this. She had bipolar disorder and frequently experienced depression and anxiety before she had to film.
She changed her name to Marilyn Monroe after being discovered by Ben Lyon, a casting agent at Twentieth Century Fox. He told her Norma Jeane wasn’t the name of a ‘star’ and suggested she change it to something else. She chose Marilyn after her favorite stage actress Marilyn Miller, and she chose Monroe because it was her mother’s maiden name. She performed in many movies, my favorite is Gentleman Prefer Blondes and The Seven Year Itch.
She was mistreated by many psychiatrists who didn’t prescribe the right medication for her to get better. She moved into a Mexican-style home in Brentwood, California and was very proud it was her first home she could call her own that she earned with her own money. After the studio fired her from her last movie called Something’s Got to Give due to her lateness on set and missing work because she was sad – she was alone without a job and her divorce from her last husband Arthur Miller broke her heart.
She frequently liked to drink champagne, even though she mixed it with her medication. The devil told her she wasn’t good enough, she wasn’t pretty enough, and no one loved her. She was alone in her room crying and after mixing the alcohol with the medication, she passed away in her home on August 5, 1962.
I know that it was an accidental suicide because Marilyn left no note, and she was found nude in her bed which would have been embarrassing. Her second husband Joe Dimaggio, prepared her funeral arrangements and only her close friends and relatives were allowed at her funeral. He didn’t allow any studio executives, no movie stars and no press. He knew that it was because of Hollywood that she was in such turmoil and had felt used.
Every single week after her death, he went to her grave and brought flowers for her. Marilyn was a special person, a talented actress and had a gentle spirit. She touched the lives of millions of people around the world and will always be missed.
Here’s a special video of her before she became a ‘star.’
“Beneath the makeup and behind the smile I am just a girl who wishes for the world.”
“All little girls should be told they are pretty, even if they aren’t.”
“We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle.”
“Hollywood is a place where they’ll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul. I know, because I turned down the first offer often enough and held out for the fifty cents.”
“Let not your heart be troubled: you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” – John 14:1-3