Marilyn Monroe from Birth to Death

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Born Norma Jeane Mortenson at Los Angeles General Hospital

1926

Her father's identity is unconfirmed; her mother is confined to asylums

1930

Norma Jeane will spend her childhood years in and out of foster homes and orphanages

Moves in with family friend Grace McKee Goddard

1937

The Goddard family relocates, cannot take Norma Jeane with them

1942

Married to Jim Dougherty

June 19, 1942 - September 1946

Became model at Blue Book Agency

1945

Discovered by U.S. Army photographer David Conover

1945

Screen test at 20th Century-Fox; signed contract that was earlier dropped

1946

Signed with the name "Marilyn Monroe"

First shoot with Andre de Dienes. First national magazine cover, FAMILY CIRCLE

1946

Signed contract with Columbia; dropped after one film

1948

Poses for nude calendar shots taken by Tom Kelley

1949

Tobey Beach shoot with Andre de Dienes

1949

Signed seven-year contract with Fox

1950

Asphalt Jungle released

1950

First LIFE magazine cover, shot by Philippe Halsman

1952

Handprints on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

1953

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and How to Marry a Millionaire released

1953

Becomes the first Playboy centerfold

1953

Married to Joe DiMaggio

January 1954 - October 1954

Ballerina sitting with Milton Greene

1954

Marries and divorces Joe DiMaggio

January 1954 - October 1954

Performs for troops in Korea

1954

Shoots iconic skirt blowing scene for The Seven Year Itch

1954

Studies at the Actors Studio

1955

The Seven Year Itch released

1955

Marries Arthur Miller and is photographed with him

1956

The black sitting with Milton Greene

1956

Bus Stop is released

1956

Married to Arthur Miller

June 29, 1956 - January 21, 1961

The Prince and the Showgirl is released

1957

Phil Stern photographs a pregnant Marilyn in the MGM lot

1958

Some Like It Hot is released

1959

The Misfits is released

1961

Douglas Kirkland's bed sitting with Marilyn

1961

Fired by 20th Century-Fox

1962

Last interview, for LIFE magazine

1962

Photographed with Carl Sandbery

1962

Sings "Happy Birthday Mr. President" to JFK

1962

The "Last Sitting" with Bert Stern for Vogue Magazine

1962

Dies at 36

August 5, 1962