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Who is Marilyn Monroe and is she the biggest sex symbol of the twentieth century? Most people remember her as a beautiful woman, who starred in a variety of movies and who had many memorable photos. What they might not know is how she acquired this or how she became as well known as she did. People also do not realize that during her life she became one of the biggest entrepreneurs of her time. She had many difficult times, like anybody endures in life, but she was almost always able to overcome them and triumph in the end. She was very beautiful as a teenager and a lot of different men took an interest in her. This contributed to the reason the Marilyn Monroe was married at such a young age. Her first marriage was to a man named Jim Dougherty, when she was only at the tender age of sixteen. She met Jim through her Aunt . “Though Dougherty admits his marriage to Norma Jeane (Marilyn Monroe) was arranged, he said they were happy and very compatible sexually.” (Wayne 14). Just two years after Jim and Marilyn were married (1942), Jim was sent off to Australia and this is when they realized how much they needed each other. While Jim was away Marilyn worked in a defense plant where she packed and inspected parachutes for the war that was going on in the Pacific. While
married to Jim, Marilyn became very sexual and she craved for attention. This is what led her to hang out in bars and become what is known as a “call girl”. This would give her the attention that she wanted and help her make a little extra money on the side.
During this time, Marilyn did not have any idea of what she wanted to do with her life and she did not posses any work skills that could take care of her if something was to happen to her marriage. Which, Marilyn knew that it was going to happen because they were growing apart from each other and the war was to blame for this. While all this was going on in her life, she still worked at the defense plant. This decision to keep on working at the plant changed her life forever.
In her town there was a company named Yank magazine and they decided to do a column on women working in defense plants. The assigned photographer was David Conover. The very first time he saw Marilyn working in the plant he knew that she was the one. “Conover asked the foreman if she could be his model for three days. He was very impressed with the pictures and offered her more modeling jobs in the future.” (Wayne 32). This was a very exciting time for Marilyn and she was infatuated with modeling. She thought it was very exciting and glamorous. She knew right then that modeling is what she wanted to do with her life. Just after this, everything in her life started falling into place for her. A modeling agency, Blue Book Model Agency, saw her pictures and offered her
more modeling jobs. This is what clinched and launched her new career as a model. Marilyn kept her job at the defense plant because she needed the extra
money when she was not modeling. Anytime a modeling job came up though she would call in sick at the defense plant and go do the modeling job. She also attended charm school at night. With all these new changes in her life, she hardly had time or remembered to write to her husband. This kind of neglect for each other would become the main reason for the ending of their marriage. Jim received the divorce papers in the spring of 1946. After being together for four years they were legally separated and the marriage was over. Marilyn never regretted this and looked to the future. By this time, she became well known throughout Hollywood that led to her decision of becoming an actress.
Marilyn Monroe was not the first blonde to become popular in Hollywood. There was others before her, but the only difference between them is they could act better than her. She was the first blonde to be known for her looks rather than her acting. It was once said about Marilyn, “she had a glow and energy that was unmatched by any other personality before her. The voluptuous curves of her body and wide-eyed girlish giggles dominated every presence…” (Spoto 3). Since people found Marilyn so attractive it did not matter that she was not the best actress. People would come to the movies based on her looks and not on her acting ability. Because of all this commotion going on about Marilyn’s looks, it turned her into one of the biggest sex symbols of the 20th century.
She had many different parts in movies, but her modeling was the dominant factor that helped her obtain the parts she wanted in the movies. Her beauty was the reason rushed people into the movie theatres. Somebody once said Marilyn is, “Dazzling, Seductive, Extraordinary. She was, and still is, the All-American sex goddess, a superstar legend with magnetic energy so strong she captured the world at her heels with her woman-child charm.” (Spoto 12) Just like Hollywood, men found Marilyn irresistible. She was known as a sex symbol to the world. Men would stop on the streets, just to watch her walk by. Some men offered he
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