Norma Jeane Mortenson, globally known as Marilyn Monroe, was born on June 1st in 1926.
The American actress, model, and singer was born in Los Angeles, and spent much of her childhood in and out of foster homes.
In the mid-1940s, Monroe worked at an aviation company, earning her own income as a recently married woman (whose husband was deployed to the Pacific) and participating in the war effort. There, she was discovered when photographer David Conover arrived at the factory to take photos of women workers (in order to boost morale). She started modeling, and colored her hair from brown to the famous platinum blonde.
Around this time, Monroe began acting, singing, and dancing lessons, and launched her acting career in the early 1950s. Within a few years, she became an international movie star. However, tired of being cast as the sensual "dumb blonde", she moved to New York City to study acting with Lee Strasberg at the famed Actors Studio.
Today, Monroe is remembered as an icon, a legend, with an unstable and troubled private life. She famously inspired numerous brands (Chanel) and artists (Andy Warhol), and remains an enigmatic figure, fascinating the public more than fifty years after her untimely death in 1962 (which authorities believe to be a suicide).