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Marilyn Monroe

This California gal with the breathless voice emerged from a troubled childhood to become America’s No. 1 female movie star. Marilyn has left a legacy of popular films including “Niagara”, “Gentleman Prefer Blondes”, “River Of No Return”, “The Seven Year Itch”, “Bus Stop”, “Some Like Hot” & her controversial death is one of the most talked about in cinema history.

Fact File :

Birth Name: Norma Jean Mortensen

Date Of Birth: 1st June 1926

Place Of Birth: LA, California, USA

Date Of Death:5th August 1962

Place Of Death: LA, California, USA

Height: 5’ 5 1/2”

Trademark: Soft, breathless voice

Natural Hair Color: Brunette

Spouses:
Arthur Miller (1956 - 1961)
Joe DiMaggio (Jan. 1954 - Oct. 1954)
James Dougherty (1942 - 1946)

First Film Appearance:
1947 - “The Shocking Miss Pilgrim”
(Uncredited bit part)

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Marilyn Monroe’s Top 10 Movies on DVD & VHS

Don't Bother To Knock [DVD](1952) DVD
Taut psychological thriller that benefits by the offbeat casting of Marilyn Monroe as an emotionally disturbed woman hired to babysit at a hotel. Richard Widmark is a hotel guest whose chance encounter with Monroe leads to a desperate fight to save a child's life. With Lurene Tuttle, Jim Backus and Anne Bancroft (her film debut). 76 min. Standard; Soundtracks: English stereo and mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish; photo gallery; theatrical trailer.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes(1953) VHS
Showgirls Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell set sail for Paris on an ocean liner with the goal of landing some eligible millionaires in the lively musical/comedy based on Anita Loos' play. With Charles Coburn, Tommy Noonan, and Monroe's legendary "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" number. 91 min.

How To Marry A Millionaire(1953) VHS
Delicious comedy about three man-crazed models who rent a posh Manhattan apartment and pose as rich gals in order to land wealthy bachelors. Marilyn Monroe is wooed by a playboy, but is snagged by tax-dodging crook David Wayne; Betty Grable hooks on to well-off Fred Clark, only to fall for forest ranger Rory Calhoun; and Lauren Bacall attracts aging, affluent William Powell, but opts for the seemingly poor Cameron Mitchell. Based on 1933's "The Greeks Had a Word for Them." 95 min.

Niagara [DVD](1953) DVD
Taut tale of romance, deception and murder, with Marilyn Monroe in a rare unsympathetic role as a scheming wife who plots her husband's death with her lover...but her plan backfires, with tragic results. With Joseph Cotten, Richard Allen and Jean Peters. 89 min. Standard; Soundtracks: English stereo and mono, French mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish; photo gallery; theatrical trailer.

There's No Business Like Show Business(1954) VHS
And there's no musical like this grand salute to the songs of Irving Berlin. Classic Berlin tunes like the title song, "A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody" and "You'd Be Surprised" are woven around the story of a close-knit vaudeville family. Ethel Merman, Dan Dailey, Donald O'Connor, Mitzi Gaynor and Marilyn Monroe star. 117 min.

River Of No Return [DVD](1954) DVD
Gripping Gold Rush saga stars Marilyn Monroe as a saloon singer searching for her runaway husband with the aid of widowed trailhand Robert Mitchum. Spectacular rafting action sequences are not to be missed. Rory Calhoun, Tommy Rettig co-star under Otto Preminger's direction. 91 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby 4.0, French; Subtitles: English, Spanish; photo gallery; theatrical trailer.

The Seven Year Itch(1955) VHS
Billy Wilder's delightful comedy about (imagined) adultery stars Tom Ewell as the happily married man who finds himself tempted by upstairs neighbor Marilyn Monroe while his wife is on vacation. Marilyn's famous "standing on the subway grate" scene is a highlight; with Evelyn Keyes, Sonny Tufts. 105 min.

Bus Stop(1956) VHS
Marilyn Monroe stars with Don Murray in this acclaimed comedy/drama about an Arizona rodeo cowboy who tries to rope a sexy saloon singer into his arms before she leaves to pursue her dreams of stardom in Hollywood. Arthur O'Connell, Betty Field co-star. 94 min.

The Prince And The Showgirl [DVD](1957) DVD
Laurence Olivier and Marilyn Monroe essay the title roles in this period romantic comedy set in 1910 England. Olivier also directed the film, based on a play by Terence Rattigan. 117 min. Standard; Soundtracks: English mono, French mono; Subtitles: English, Chinese, French, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai; theatrical trailer; scene access.

Some Like It Hot (Special Edition) [DVD](1959) DVD
Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis are two musicians who witness a mob hit, then escape by disguising themselves as women and joining an all-female band. You'll roar with delight at the twosome's antics, and savor Curtis' attempts to woo the gorgeous Marilyn Monroe. Billy Wilder's classic co-stars George Raft, Pat O'Brien and Joe E. Brown. 120 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1 and mono, French mono, Spanish mono; Subtitles: French, Spanish; featurettes; photo gallery; theatrical trailers; scene access.

 

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