History Creator / MarilynMonroe

14th Dec '17 7:30:37 AM alnair20aug93
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She was briefly married to UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}} star Joe [=DiMaggio=] and later to playwright Creator/ArthurMiller. Allegedly, she had an affair with UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy. Her singing "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" in a slinky dress in 1962 is commonly referenced/parodied. She was also romantic penpals with Portuguese dictator UsefulNotes/AntonioDeOliveiraSalazar.

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She was briefly married to UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}} star Joe [=DiMaggio=] and later to playwright Creator/ArthurMiller. Allegedly, she had an affair with UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy. Her singing "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" in a slinky dress in 1962 is commonly referenced/parodied. She was also romantic penpals with Portuguese dictator UsefulNotes/AntonioDeOliveiraSalazar.
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12th Dec '17 5:57:25 PM PaulA
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* MsFanservice: Often cast as such.

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* PrettyInMink: Wore several furs in her films.

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12th Dec '17 5:55:39 PM PaulA
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* BeautyMark: One of the most famous ones in history.
* CurvesInAllTheRightPlaces: As Cybill [=Shepherd=] famously said about her:
-->''"She had curves in places most other women don`t even have places."''
* FiftiesHair: Essentially the TropeCodifier for the short and wavy hairstyle.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: A radio interview asked "What do you have on when you go to bed?" Monroe: "The radio." (This quote is also attributed to her description of her nude photo shoot; see below.) She would also sometimes respond, "Chanel No. 5", when asked similar questions.
* GentlemanSnarker: Female version; as proof of her HiddenDepths, she'd sometimes give a quick and witty send-up of her sexualized public image.



* {{Nice Girl}}: Aside from her personal issues and troubling behavior on sets, she was a genuinely kind person. Likewise, she also played nice girls in movies, her only villainous role being ''Niagara'' and she generally played sweet InnocentFanserviceGirl in films like ''Some Like it Hot, Let's Make Love, The Misfits''.
* TheNicknamer: She gave affectionate nicknames to her platonic friends. Sam Shaw was "Sam Spade", Norman Rosten was "Claude-Claude" and Eli Wallach was "Teacake".
* PlatonicLifePartners: She was close friends with Creator/EliWallach and would babysit his children.

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* {{Nice Girl}}: Aside from her personal issues and troubling behavior on sets, she was a genuinely kind person. Likewise, she also She played nice girls in movies, her only villainous role being ''Niagara'' and she generally played sweet InnocentFanserviceGirl in films like ''Some Like it Hot, Let's Hot'', ''Let's Make Love, The Misfits''.
* TheNicknamer: She gave affectionate nicknames to her platonic friends. Sam Shaw was "Sam Spade", Norman Rosten was "Claude-Claude" and Eli Wallach was "Teacake".
* PlatonicLifePartners: She was close friends with Creator/EliWallach and would babysit his children.
Love'', ''The Misfits''.



* SpeechImpededLoveInterest: She had a [[SpeechImpediment stutter]]; though she managed to conquer it onstage (her famous throaty way of speaking was probably a way of concealing it), it resurfaced in her last movie.



* ShesGotLegs: Naturally for a woman who was famous for her curves.
12th Dec '17 5:54:02 PM PaulA
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* TheWoobie: [[invoked]] How Ray Davies describes her in "Celluloid Heroes"
--> "But please don't tread on dearest Marilyn\\
'Cos she's not very tough,\\
She should have been made of iron or steel,\\
But she was only made of flesh and blood."
-->-- '''Music/TheKinks'''
** Eli Wallach, her friend for several years, noted that she had this quality about her in her film roles: "As an actress she has lots of imitators - but only Marilyn survives. Why? Because people sense something real and helpless from her on that screen; they want to protect this girl and she makes them ashamed for having thought any dirty thoughts about her."

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* TheWoobie: [[invoked]] How Ray Davies describes her in "Celluloid Heroes"
--> "But please don't tread on dearest Marilyn\\
'Cos she's not very tough,\\
She should have been made of iron or steel,\\
But she was only made of flesh and blood."
-->-- '''Music/TheKinks'''
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Eli Wallach, her friend for several years, noted that she had this quality about her in her film roles: "As an actress she has lots of imitators - but only Marilyn survives. Why? Because people sense something real and helpless from her on that screen; they want to protect this girl and she makes them ashamed for having thought any dirty thoughts about her."
12th Dec '17 5:49:54 PM PaulA
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* OperaGloves: The "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend" production number in ''Film/GentlemenPreferBlondes'' is, along with Creator/RitaHayworth's turn in ''Film/{{Gilda}}'', probably the most famous example of this trope in live-action film.
12th Dec '17 5:49:18 PM PaulA
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* EverythingsSparklyWithJewelry: "Diamonds are a girl's best friend".



* FurBikini: Modeled in an ermine bikini as publicity for the film ''Film/LoveHappy''.



* MarilynManeuver: The {{Trope Namer|s}} and {{Trope Codifier}}, courtesy of ''The Seven Year Itch''.



* SexyBacklessOutfit: Several costumes, including in ''Film/SomeLikeItHot'' and the famous "Happy Birthday" dress (you know, the one in the Smithsonian...).
* SexyWalk: Her swaying walk was renowned (see her first scene in ''Film/SomeLikeItHot'' for a particularly good example). There's a pretty well-substantiated story that she would sometimes cut a small piece off the tip of one of her high-heeled shoes to accentuate that sexy wobble.

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* SexyBacklessOutfit: Several costumes, including in ''Film/SomeLikeItHot'' and the The famous "Happy Birthday" dress (you know, the one in the Smithsonian...).
* SexyWalk: Her swaying walk was renowned (see her first scene in ''Film/SomeLikeItHot'' for a particularly good example).renowned. There's a pretty well-substantiated story that she would sometimes cut a small piece off the tip of one of her high-heeled shoes to accentuate that sexy wobble.
24th Nov '17 9:37:15 AM nombretomado
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* ConspiracyTheory: Her death is seen as a suicide, or in more extreme cases, i.e. Norman Mailer, a hit ordered by the Kennedy brothers. The sane consensus is that she died as a result of her dependancy on sleeping pills which she had taken as part of her acting regiment and she overdosed by mistake.
6th Nov '17 10:00:23 AM dlchen145
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Born Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926 to a mentally unstable mother and a missing father, she was placed with foster parents and lived there until she was seven. Her mother was bizarre and once tried to kidnap her from her foster parents by stuffing her in a bag. A few years later her mother bought a house and they lived together, but a few months later her mother had a mental breakdown (the first of many). She was then moved into foster care as a ward of the state and her later guardian Grace [=McKee=] was the one who got her into movies. However her guardian got married and she was sent to an orphanage, and then to a string of foster homes (it is unclear how many).

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Born Marilyn Monroe (June 1, 1926 August 5, 1962) was born Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926 to a mentally unstable mother and a missing father, she was placed with foster parents and lived there until she was seven. Her mother was bizarre and once tried to kidnap her from her foster parents by stuffing her in a bag. A few years later her mother bought a house and they lived together, but a few months later her mother had a mental breakdown (the first of many). She was then moved into foster care as a ward of the state and her later guardian Grace [=McKee=] was the one who got her into movies. However her guardian got married and she was sent to an orphanage, and then to a string of foster homes (it is unclear how many).
17th Oct '17 9:09:52 AM Motherdragon64
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* AlliterativeName: When she was advised to change her name upon becoming an actress, she chose her mother's maiden name of Monroe, and although she wanted to base her first name on her actual first names, Norma Jeane, 20th Century Fox head of production Ben Lyon suggested "Marilyn Monroe", partly in homage to early 20th century Broadway actress Marilyn Miller and partly because he felt an alliterative name was more attention-grabbing.[[note]] The name took some getting used to; when she was asked for her first autograph, she had to double check that it was "Marilyn" and not "Marylin".[[/note]]
* ArousedByTheirVoice: Marilyn intentionally invoked this in all of her movies, and occasionally mocked at the time as being over the top. Nowadays, when a character speaks in a breathy, low voice, they're mimicking Marilyn whether they know it or not.

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* AlliterativeName: Invoked. When she was advised to change her name upon becoming an actress, she chose her mother's maiden name of Monroe, and although she wanted to base her first name on her actual first names, Norma Jeane, 20th Century Fox head of production Ben Lyon suggested "Marilyn Monroe", partly in homage to early 20th century Broadway actress Marilyn Miller and partly because he felt an alliterative name was more attention-grabbing.[[note]] The name actually took some getting used to; when she was asked for her first autograph, she had to double check that it was "Marilyn" and not "Marylin".[[/note]]
* ArousedByTheirVoice: Marilyn intentionally invoked this in all of her movies, and occasionally mocked at the time as being over the top. Nowadays, when a character speaks in a breathy, low voice, [[TropeCodifier they're mimicking Marilyn whether they know it or not.not]].



* CurvesInAllTheRightPlaces: As Cybill [=Shepherd=] famously said about her:
-->''"She had curves in places most other women don`t even have places."''



* MarilynManeuver: The {{Trope Namer|s}}, courtesy of ''The Seven Year Itch''.

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* MarilynManeuver: The {{Trope Namer|s}}, Namer|s}} and {{Trope Codifier}}, courtesy of ''The Seven Year Itch''.



* RealWomenHaveCurves: As Cybill [=Shepherd=] famously said about her:
-->''"She had curves in places most other women don`t even have places."''



* {{Stage Name|s}}: Although Norma Jeane now has a glamorous connotation because of her.

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* ShesGotLegs: Naturally for a woman who was famous for her curves.
* {{Stage Name|s}}: Although the name Norma Jeane now has a glamorous connotation because of her.
29th Sep '17 12:18:03 PM JulianLapostat
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Before then, she took up a successful modeling career after having dyed her brunette hair to blonde. She got some small acting jobs, but nothing big, although she did agree to change her name, which included taking on her grandmother's surname. At one point she posed nude for photos when she had no other jobs. These photos would end up on a calendar, and eventually the first issue of ''Magazine/{{Playboy}}''. Marilyn headed off a scandal by admitting she posed, [[IWasYoungAndNeededTheMoney because she had no other way to pay her bills]].

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Before then, she took up a successful modeling career after having dyed her brunette hair to blonde. She got some small acting jobs, but nothing big, although she did agree to change her name, which included taking on her grandmother's surname. At one point she posed nude for photos when she had no other jobs. These photos would end caused a scandal and nearly ruined her career when it ended up on a calendar, and eventually the first issue of ''Magazine/{{Playboy}}''. Marilyn headed off a the scandal by admitting she posed, [[IWasYoungAndNeededTheMoney because she had no other way to pay her bills]].
bills]] and by her natural charm and innocence winning everyone over.
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