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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.
Her background:

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

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  1. Posted by on October 6, 2011 at 10:41

    My great grandma talked to her once in a while before she became ‘Marilyn Monroe’, I will pray for her.

    • Posted by Nicole on October 7, 2011 at 21:54

      really?? wow that is SO amazing! Where were they and what did they talk about?

  2. Posted by on August 9, 2011 at 17:21

    And yet you bash Lady Gaga? Wasn’t she just an innocent young girl who was sucked into the Devil’s playground as well? She was at one point. Ok.

    • Posted by on October 15, 2011 at 18:49

      Lady Gaga is INFINITELY worse than even Monroe… she’s a satanist who does even worse than Monroe ever did just for money and fame… but I get your point. I hope Nicole replies back.

  3. Posted by on August 8, 2011 at 06:51

    I’m also a major Marilyn Fan

  4. Posted by on July 27, 2011 at 14:20

    I dont wanna sound mean but is this seriously a Christian site, when you’re defending what the queen of hussies did? This woman slept her way into Hollywood, she was a prostitute BEFORE she was famous, she was infamous for sleeping around especially with married men (like Jackie Kennedy’s husband President John F. Kennedy, and even planned on marrying him), she posed naked all the time, she was even naked in a movie, she had a one-night stand with Joan Crawford, she an dher husband Joe treated each other badly, she used her body- NOT her mind or personality or talent- to get movie roles, money, and attention, attention, attention… goodness, I could write a novel about all the bad, selfish, ungodly things she did! She was proudly promiscuous and is liked for that, NOT her movies or anything.

    I just found this site today and loved it but this article is greatly disappointing. You can like her as a person but still acknowledge the fact that she was a horrible role model, a homewrecker, and didn’t even TRY to be a good person (and BTW, she was Jewish… she converted when she marrie da Jewish man). She chose sex, money, attention, pills, and HERSELF over God.

    • Posted by on November 3, 2011 at 17:22

      Chelsea…your comment is really unkind. As a Christian, you should be more open-minded and less judgmental. The Bible teaches us to love others even if we disagree with the choices they make. Have you forgotten that?

      As Nicole said, Marilyn Monroe was never a prostitute. She never did any of the things you accused her of. Please educate yourself on Marilyn’s life and experiences before making claims like that. You could benefit from reading some unbiased biographies about her.

      She wasn’t perfect, but who is? She was a sex symbol, but she was also a very sad person with a great need to be loved and accepted. She was pretty much an unwanted child. That feeling stayed with her until the day she died.

      Maybe if she had been loved, her life would have been different. And I agree with Nicole…Marilyn was a very complex person. She wasn’t the “dumb blonde” she portrayed in movies. She wasn’t even naturally blonde!

      Since when does being Jewish make someone a bad person? By the way, she used her sex appeal because that was all she had back then. She was poor and Hollywood was her only ticket to a better life. Unfortunately, it also proved to be the cause of her downfall.

    • Posted by on August 8, 2011 at 06:54

      read the post well. SHe was broken

    • Posted by on August 8, 2011 at 06:53

      what’s wrong with beig Jewish? She’s also human. She had a bad childhood give her a break

    • Posted by Nicole on July 29, 2011 at 11:32

      Hey Chelsea- I’m not going to argue with you, but a few of the things you mentioned are not true. She wasn’t a prostitute before she became famous, she worked as a model. And even in many of her biographies she claims that many men tried to tell her she’ll have another opportunity if she slept with them, but she never slept with them for that purpose. She did not have a one-night stand with Joan Crawford, where did you hear that? She was raised Christian, and had a relationship with God even when she converted to Judaism to marry her 2nd husband Arthur Miller. She IS liked for her movies! I like her because of her talent. She was bipolar, and needed medication to treat that. yes, she did have an affair with JFK- but you have to remember, she was still a naive person and he told her he loved her and wanted to marry her. He was in a position of power, and seduced her. She definitely had many flaws, but she had a big heart, was used in the Devil’s playground, and cared about people.

      • Posted by on July 31, 2011 at 21:25

        Amen to that! Such a sad world we live in when they take innocent lambs to the slaughter-house!

  5. Posted by on July 21, 2011 at 20:20

    did you know that she was in a playboy magazine? I dont think thats a thing a role model should be doing. How can you look up to her and hate Lady Gaga?

    • Posted by Nicole on July 22, 2011 at 12:13

      she didn’t pose for playboy. In fact, she was very hurt and upset that they used her pictures from 10 years prior, when she posed topless for a calendar because she desperately needed the money. Her story is much more than meets the eye, she was a very kind-hearted, sweet, honest and she loved the Lord.

  6. Posted by on July 11, 2011 at 13:23

    The song in the video goes very well with the article; the line about “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover” goes along very well with society’s general view of Marilyn Monroe. Unfortunately it’s so common to only look at what you see, without trying to get a sense for what lies beneath the image.

  7. Posted by on July 10, 2011 at 16:32

    heey nicole !( : so , i looved this thing on marilyn monroe , haah( : ii adore her , andd when i think of her , ‘ sex symbol ‘ definitely iss not what pops in my head ! she just wanted people to love her , but not in the way that they did . She wanted people to see her heart and talent , not her body . but that ‘ s just how society is : P eveen then .

  8. Posted by on June 25, 2011 at 18:12

    Hi Nicole,
    I know this is an old post, but I just wanted to ask you a question. You like Marilyn Monroe of course. But do you like Audrey Hepburn? What do you think of her. I’ve just recently become fascinated with her. It’d be cool if you could do an article discussing her, but it’s fine if you can’t 😀 Thanks!
    -Brooke

    • Posted by Nicole on June 29, 2011 at 17:02

      Hey Brooke- you know what’s weird, I’ve only seen Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Roman Holiday. I don’t know much about her personal life, but she is a very pretty and talented actress for sure! She also had a very long life- I believe she died in her 80s.

  9. Posted by on June 17, 2011 at 12:08

    Thank you so much! I always that she was just a messed up person. But this really opened my eyes. Thank you so much!!!!

  10. Posted by CorrinaJean on June 2, 2011 at 16:56

    Nicole, this is great! I, too, love Marilyn Monroe and have always seen past her sex symbol status. It’s true that she felt unloved and that she was not good enough. She truly is the perfect example of how Hollywood can tear someone apart.

  11. Posted by on June 2, 2011 at 16:49

    wow!!! Impressive I’dnt know all these information about marylin monroe.. God bless you this’ll help a lot of young ladies outhere that are confused and that dont know who they are
    😀 keep it up..

  12. Posted by on June 2, 2011 at 15:36

    I never really thought of her as a jurting person…I really just thought of her as someone who wanted to be a suducer.
    This gives me a new look at her…Thanks, Nicole!

  13. Posted by on June 1, 2011 at 17:14

    great post!

  14. Posted by on June 1, 2011 at 14:08

    Really interesting take on Marilyn Monroe! I’ve never heard a Christian speak highly of her so this really sparked my interest and made me look at her in a new light! Thanks for posting this!

    • Posted by Nicole on June 1, 2011 at 14:37

      you’re so welcome Simi! I’m so happy you get to see the real side of her!

  15. Posted by on June 1, 2011 at 13:17

    I just found out her original name yesterday and I loved Gentleman Prefer Blondes! No one deserves to grow up in that environment and put in those kinds of scenarios. It’s a shame that she couldn’t seek God when she was facing these trials. She certainly was beautiful and even more beautiful naturally when she was younger and not into the Hollywood business yet. I love her voice 🙂