Marilyn Monroe is her stage name: her name given at birth was Norma Jean Mortenson (but her mother changed her name to Baker almost immediately). She had two other siblings.
The publication, The Mirror, quoted Marilyn Monroe’s niece as saying: “Norma Jean told me she was very pleased to meet me and I could tell she really was. She loved children. She would tumble about on the grass with us and the dogs and just loved it."
Marilyn was very shy and had horrible stage fright.
The famous singer Ella Fitzgerald said of Marilyn: “I owe Marilyn Monroe a real debt ...it was because of her that I played the Mocambo, a very popular nightclub in the '50s. She personally called the owner of the club, and told him she wanted me booked immediately, and if he would do it, she would take a front table every night. She told him—and it was true, due to Marilyn's superstar status—that the press would go wild. The owner said yes, and Marilyn was there, front table, every night. The press went overboard. After that, I never had to play a small jazz club again. She was an unusual woman—a little ahead of her times. And she didn’t know it.”
Monroe's friend and secretary, Patricia Newcomb quotes her as saying to a reporter: "What I really want to say: That what the world really needs is a real feeling of kinship. Everybody: stars, labourers, Negroes, Jews, Arabs. We are all brothers. Please don’t make me a joke. End the interview with what I believe."
At the height of Marilyn's career, a young, 23-year-old Lawrence Schiller had the privilege of taking professional portraits of her, and noticing that he was nervous, she gave him good starting points within the first five minutes that he says helped him throughout his life.
In 1951, Monroe enrolled at University of California, Los Angeles, where she studied literature and art appreciation.
Monroe left most of her estate to her acting coaches at The Actor’s Studio.
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