Norma Jeane Mortenson popularly called Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, singer, and model. She has appeared in several movies including All About Eve, The Asphalt Jungle, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Don’t Bother to Knock, The Misfits, The Seven Year Itch, and How to Marry a Millionaire. Let’s find out how much is Marilyn Monroe’s net worth.
Marilyn Monroe Early Life
Marilyn Monroe was born on June 1, 1926, in Los Angeles, United States. her mother was Gladys Pearl Baker (nee Monroe), a film negative cutter. Marilyn had two older siblings, a brother called Robert and a sister called Berniece. She did not know she had a sister until she turned 12. She only met her sister when she grew older.
The identity of Marilyn’s father is unknown. Her mother left her in the care of her foster parents, Albert and Ida Bolender. Her foster parents wanted to adopt her but her mother became stable enough to take care of her. Her mother Gladys, became mentally unstable and was hospitalized. This made her move from one foster family to another. She attended the Emerson Junior High School and then later attended Van Nuys High School.
Marilyn Monroe married James Dougherty in 1942. The couple divorced in 1946. She then married Joe DiMaggio in 1954 and they divorced in 1955. The following year, she married Arthur Miller but they divorced five years later.
Marilyn Monroe Career, Awards & Achievement
Marilyn Monroe met photographer David Conover in 1944. She started modeling for him and his friends. By 1946, she had appeared on 33 magazine covers including Pageant, Peek, and Laff. She signed a standard six-month contract 20th Century Fox.
She began her contract in August 1946. She and Ben Lyon, an executive for 20th Century Fox, chose the name “Marilyn Monroe”. Lyon chose the name, Marilyn, relating to Broadway star Marilyn Miller, Marilyn Monroe herself chose Monroe (her mother’s maiden name).
In 1947, she appeared as a waitress in the film titled “Dangerous Years”. She also started some modeling works. She appeared in other films including “Ladies of the Chorus”, and “Born Yesterday”. Marilyn Monroe’s breakthrough came in the 1950s. she became a big hit after her appearance in films including “All About Eve”, and “The Asphalt Jungle”.
She was the presenter at the 23rd Academy Awards. By 1952, Marilyn Monroe became a top-billed actress. She was described as the “it girl”. In the same year, she appeared in some hit films including “Clash by Night”, “We Are Not Married”, and “Don’t Bother to Knock”. Marilyn had problems in her acting career, she was sometimes late or absent from her movie shoots. She also over depended on her acting coaches.
In 1953, Marilyn Monroe became known as a major sex symbol. Her acting in “Noir Niagara” was considered “immoral” but the movie was very popular. It was a box office hit. She also appeared in other films including “Some Like It Hot”, “The Misfit” and “Let’s Make Love”. She made several other films amidst her problems with Fox.
Marilyn Monroe died on August 5, 1962. Investigations revealed it was suicide. News of her death was on major news outlets in Europe. They had a private funeral for her at the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery. It was a private funeral but a lot of fans crowded the streets leading to the cemetery. The funeral was on August 8, 1962. She was interred at the corridor of memories, No. 24.
Awards & Achievements
Marilyn Monroe won 3 Golden Globes, a David di Donatello Award, she also won 2 Photoplay Awards for 1953 and 1954. She also earned a star on the Walk of Fame. She was also posthumously awarded Online Film and Television Association Award in 2013.
Net Worth of Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe has an estimated net worth of $35 million. Marilyn Monroe’s estate still makes millions to this day. In 2011, her estate made $27 million. It also made $17 million in 2014 and $17 million in 2015. Her source of wealth when she was alive was her modeling acting and modeling career.
Marilyn Monroe is known as one of the most popular cultural icons who died far too young. Her name remains fresh in the entertainment industry. her selling power is still high even after her death. Marilyn Monroe is considered the sexiest actress of all time. She was known as a star who shone brighter in photoshoots than in acting yet she did several great movies.