Profile of the Day: Marilyn Monroe
On August 5, 1962, actress Marilyn Monroe passed away at the age of 36. She was born Norma Jean Mortenson in Los Angeles, California on June 1, 1926. Soon after her birth, her last name was changed to Baker. After spending much of her childhood in foster homes, Monroe began a career as a model and small parts in film. She soon caught the attention of major studios, and went on to star in films such as The Seven Year Itch, Monkey Business, and Some Like It Hot. Sadly, her widely successful career was cut short when she was found dead in her home of an apparent drug overdose. To this day she is still considered to be one of the most popular and influential cultural icons in the world.
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