”Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring”
June 1, 1926, Los Angeles – August 5, 1962, Los Angeles
Born Norma Jeane Mortenson she was abandoned by an ill mother to sequence of foster homes. She was almost smothered to death at two, nearly raped at six. At nine, the LA Orphans’ Home paid her a nickel a month for kitchen work while taking back a penny every Sunday for church. At sixteen, she worked in an aircraft plant and married a man she called Daddy; he went into the military, she modeled, they divorced in 1946. She owned 200 books (including Tolstoy, Whitman, Milton), listened to Beethoven records, studied acting at the Actors’ lab in Hollywood, and took literature courses at UCLA downtown. 20th Century Fox gave her a contract but let it lapse a year later. In 1948, Columbia gave her a six-month contract, turned her over to coach Natasha Lytess and featured her in the B movie Ladies of the Chorus (1948) in which she sang three numbers: Every Baby Needs a Da Da Daddy, Anyone Can See I Love You and The Ladies of the Chorus with Adele Jergens (dubbed by Virginia Rees) and others.
Ladies of the Chorus Anyone Can See I Love You
Joseph L. Mankiewicz saw her in a small part in The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
The Asphalt Jungle (1950) The Truth
and put her in All About Eve (1950), resulting in 20th Century re-signing her to a seven-year contract. Niagara (1953) and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) launched her as a sex symbol superstar.
Some Like It Hot I Wanna Be Loved By You
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