The poem “The Death of Marilyn Monroe” by Edwin Morgan explores the themes of isolation and loneliness throughout. The poem does this by adding in the use of imagery and tone. This poem by Morgan examines the theme of isolation by looking at the situation that Marilyn Monroe was in at the height of her fame. The poet looks at how Monroe was treated and how desolate she was even though she was surrounded by the likes of the press and she was constantly in the public eye. I am going to discuss how isolated Marilyn Monroe was and how Morgan carried this theme of isolation throughout the poem with the
Probably the most celebrated of all actresses, Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jean Baker on June 1, 1926, in Los Angeles General Hospital, to Gladys Baker. Gladys had been a film cutter at RKO studios, but psychological problems prevented her from keeping the job and she was eventually committed to a mental institution, because of that Norma Jean spent time in foster homes until she was 16 years of age. As an unlucky soul, Marilyn focused on her dreams of becoming a movie star. Being born and raised to a custom of fame and fortune in
These titles may sound flattering to some, and maybe at times she enjoyed them. But her restrictive Hollywood image only seemed to add to her insecurity and troubles. The sexual glorification of Monroe stems from the constant exploitation that she has described from her earlier days in the business. While she both despised and played to this, “Marilyn Monroe would resent being typecast as a not-too-smart sex symbol and would fight a very hard but ultimately losing battle to get the public to believe that she was smarter (and less man-hungry) than the women she portrayed on the silver screen” ("Ten Things You Might Not Know About Marilyn Monroe.”). But why did a part of her also accept this? Why did she have this overwhelming need to satisfy the same people who held her down? She feared disappointing the public who put her on this pedestal and seeming imperfect. She was said to wash her face up to 15 times a day in fear of blemishes and sweat ("Marilyn's Beauty and Style."), and at the 1950s Academy Awards, she burst into tears. It seems that she failed to give herself the love and appreciation that she needed. As a result, she mistakenly turned to the camera for
The news of Marilyn Monroe’s death began to spread. Newspapers were seen everywhere with her bright, smiling face and the giant, bolded letters of ‘death’ stamped on the front pages. Even The New York Times published a newspaper article titled “Marilyn Monroe Dead, Pills Near.” In this article, Dr. Theodore J. Curphey, the coroner, declares Monroe’s death to have not been from natural causes: “After an autopsy the Los Angeles coroner reported that Miss Monroe's ‘was not a natural death.’ He attributed it to a drug” (“Marilyn Monroe Dead, Pills Near”). Her death seemed to be the typical case of overdosing on barbiturates with traces of chloral hydrate which are both sedatives or sleeping pills (Los Angeles County Coroner’s Mortuary, 1962). There
She was also often anxious and had moderate colds and coughs. Marilyn Monroe spent the majority of her early years living in a fictional world she created as an escape from reality. She sometimes told the other children in her orphanage eccentric tales about her having loving parents who had just went on a trip. Monroe would create fake postcards, she would sign from her parents to go along with her story (Spoto, 1993, p. 47). She had also managed to convince herself that Clark Gable was her father, although it was not a possibility (Spoto, 1993, p. 45; 54). After growing up in orphanages, Marilyn realized the only way to be released from the foster system was to get married. Marilyn Monroe decided to drop out of high school and marry her boyfriend at the time. Her first husband was a merchant marine by the name James Dougherty (Hendrickson, 2000). Dougherty was much older than Monroe who was then only sixteen years old. Although like the marriages to her other two husbands, Joe DeMaggio and Arthur Miller did not last for various reasons.
Remembered as the elegant blond red-lipped bombshell iconic singer, actress and sex symbol of the 1950s. Her talent and legacy is still carried on by her highly legendary pop painting by Andy Warhol and influential flying skirt photos. But some remember her tragic death the most. Her name was Marilyn Monroe. She was only 36 when she was found face down dead in her Los Angeles home on August 5th 1962. The official coronas report stated that Hollywood’s face had gone through a probable suicide by swallowing 40 barbiturates which caused her stomach line to haemorrhage intensely enough that she couldn’t last long enough for the ambulance to arrive. But was this the full story? Multiple voices including Clemens the first police officer in the scene
Marilyn Monroe, whose real name is Norma Jeane Mortenson, was born on June 1, 1926 in Los Angeles, California. She was American actress, singer and model. She also was one of the most famous movie star, the sex symbols and pop icons of the 20th century. Despite her an unhappy, difficult childhood she got succeed during her short life period. She worked minor roles for years. Then, she showed her comedy ability, appearance on television and attraction with films. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire, Some Like It Hot and The Seven Year Itch are some examples of these films. Her success and these films provided her to be the most popular film actress in 1950s
Marilyn Monroe did not start her life as a well-known star. She was born to Gladys Pearl Baker a mentally unstable women. When Norma Jeane was seven years old her mother was hospitalized after being diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic. “No one ever
After her lead roles in “The Seven Year Itch” and “There’s no Business like Show Business”, her work began to slow down due to undergoing psychoanalysis. But in 1956 she was in the film “Bus Stop” which critics praised her performance in. That same year, she married Arthur Miller and divorced him in 1960. Throughout that time in her life she abused alcohol, pills, and suffered from 2 miscarriages. Marilyn was slowly disintegrating. She would show up late on set while filming movies and was even fired from what was supposed to be her last film “Something’s Got to Give”. The movie never was released because of this.
Her first in a long list of achievements was when she became a very successful pinup girl. After a few years this would eventually lead to Twentieth Century-Fox and Columbia Pictures asking her to star in movies for them. From there she starred in a few minor films. These were the movies that made her a popular actress among different studios and the general public. However when rumors started to float around that she had posed nude in front of cameras before she became an actress the interest level started to rise. Yet strangely enough it did not turn people away instead it drew them in even more than they already were. She starred in everything from comedies to movies that focused on her sex appeal, thus giving her a plethora of movies that she could chose to be in. Although in 1954 she had refused to take a role in one movie and as a result, she had been suspended from Fox Movies for a period of time. However when Marilyn returned, she starred in one of the biggest box office films of her career, The Seven Year Itch. Throughout her entire acting career, she struggled with depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. This ultimately leads to her death on August 5, 1962 at the age of
As Monroe’s career drug on she lit up every screen that she was on, becoming one of the most famous actresses of her time. She had over thirty well known movies and was continuing to work on more serious roles. In the 40’s 50’s and 60’s women were just stepping out into the business world, going from house wife to working girl. It was the time in which beauty couldn’t have brains in the media’s eyes. Marilyn was put into the stereotypical box of beauty without brains because of all the flirtatious dumb blonde roles that she had played. Though through the later years of her life she was trying to claw her way out of that box because nobody took her seriously. She had said she would never regret the roles she had taken because they got her to the high point in her life that she was at. She had commented, “In Hollywood a girl's virtue is much less important than her hairdo. You're judged by how you look, not by what you are. Hollywood's a place where they'll pay you a thousand dollars for kiss, and fifty cents for your soul. I know, because I turned down the first offer often enough and held out for the fifty.”
She was pretty all right and graced the covers of thirty-three magazines in 1945. When her husband returned from war in 1946, he found that there was no room for him and his wife divorced him in Reno in June of 1946. That same year she began doing pin-up and cheesecake pictures for covers of magazines. She had a photo session with Andre de Dienes and he asked Norma Jeane to marry him, but she was recently divorced, free, and independent. Nevertheless, he got her on covers of major magazines. Shortly after this, in July 1946, she got a short contract with Twentieth Century-Fox. Then she changed her name to Marilyn Monroe. Marilyn for the musical star Marilyn Miller and Monroe from her mother’s maiden name.
Brought into this world in June of 1926 was a baby girl named Norma Jeane Mortenson, otherwise known as Marilyn Monroe. Her childhood was mostly spent in the orphanages and foster homes in California. This was a result of never
Marilyn Monroe, born Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926, is known as the greatest American sex symbol of all time. Monroe had a very difficult childhood. She spent most of her days in foster care and orphanages, dealt with challenges such as not