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Died On This Date (August 5, 1962) Marilyn Monroe

Posted by on August 5, 2010

Marilyn Monroe
(Born Norma Jean Mortenson, baptized Norma Jean Baker)
June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962

Although better known for her other iconic attributes, Marilyn Monroe definitely earned herself a spot in pop music history.  After a less-than-spectacular childhood and early adult life, Monroe signed a contract with 20th Century Fox who began her with acting, singing and dancing lessons.  Fox quickly dropped her.  She was quickly picked up by Columbia Pictures who gave her her first significant part in the 1949 musical, Ladies Of The Chorus, in which she sang two numbers.  Four years later, she was well on her way to becoming a superstar, co-starring in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, where she performed the scene-stealing “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend.”  in 1954, Monroe signed to RCA Victor Records and co-starred in the hit musical, There’s No Business Like Show Business. Throughout her career, she added her distinctive voice to songs written by the likes of Hoagy Carmichael, Johnny Mercer, and Irving Berlin.  Perhaps her most lasting musical impression came on May 19, 1962 when she lead a Madison Square Garden crowd a sultry rendition of “Happy Birthday To You” for President John F. Kennedy.  Three months later, 36-year-old Marylin Monroe was found dead in her home of a barbiturate overdose.  It will perhaps never be known if her death was accidental, suicide or murder.

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