Norma Jeane Baker, better known to the world as Marilyn Monroe died in 1962 but she’s still with us. She created a persona to slip in and out of as a sort of armor to wear, but the world created their own versions of who she was. Over time, layers of mystery, misinformation, revisionism, and conspiracy continued to cloud Monroe’s legacy.
Just about everyone around her used Monroe on some level. She couldn’t trust many people and craved family. Her carefully crafted image brought her fame and some fortune but it only served to distance her from the world.
Still, it wasn’t all depression, betrayal, and scandal. Monroe found some bright spots in her life through genuine friendships and standing up for them even when popular opinion was the opposite. She loved her pets and shunned expensive jewelry. She read tons of books and was very clever about the way she handled the press.
Monroe was probably like Ella Fitzgerald said, “An unusual woman… a little ahead of her time.” Read on to learn more about Monroe, and be sure to upvote the most interesting Marilyn Monroe biography facts below.