Monday, October 26, 2009

Where's Marilyn?

Yes where is Marilyn Monroe, and why isn't she in the top 10 playmates of all time? That is a good question. Well for starters Marilyn Monroe was not the first playboy playmate. Yes she was the first centerfold in the first issue that came out in December 1953. However Marilyn Monroe was called the "Sweetheart of the Month". Margie Harrison, Miss January 1954 was in fact the first Playboy Playmate.

However we can't leave Marilyn Monroe out of this blog. Marilyn was responsible for getting Playboy magazine off to a flying start. I'm sure Mr. Hugh Hefner will always be in her debt. For Marilyn's contribution for making his business venture an incredible success.

Marilyn Monroe (June 1, 1926 – Died August 4, 1962), born Norma Jeane Mortenson, but baptized Norma Jeane Baker, was an American actress, singer and model.

After spending much of her childhood in foster homes, Monroe began a career as a model, which led to a film contract in 1946. Her early roles were minor, but her performances in The Asphalt Jungle and All About Eve (both 1950) were well received. She was praised for her comedic ability in such films as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire, Some Like It Hot and The Seven Year Itch, and became one of Hollywood's most popular and glamorous performers.

The typecasting of Monroe's "dumb blonde" persona limited her career prospects, so she broadened her range. She studied at the Actors Studio and formed Marilyn Monroe Productions. Her dramatic performance in William Inge's Bus Stop was hailed by critics, and she won a Golden Globe Award for her performance in Some Like it Hot.

The final years of Monroe's life were marked by illness, personal problems, and a reputation for being unreliable and difficult to work with. The circumstances of her death, from an overdose of barbiturates, have been the subject of conjecture. Though officially classified as a "probable suicide," the possibility of an accidental overdose, as well as the possibility of homicide, have not been ruled out.

In 1999, Monroe was ranked as the sixth greatest female star of all time by the American Film Institute.

Measurements- 35-22-35
Height- 5'5 1/2"
Weight- 118

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