Marilyn Monroe, around 2 months pregnant, photographed by Sam Shaw, 1957. Sadly the pregnancy was discovered to be ectopic, and had to be terminated to save Marilyn’s life.

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Marilyn Monroe - Years

1952

1952 was an incredibly important year in Marilyn’s life.

In spring, Marilyn was introduced to her future husband, retired baseball player Joe DiMaggio. The soft-spoken DiMaggio was smitten, however, and he phoned Marilyn repeatedly. His persistence eventually paid off, and despite their differences, the unlikely couple began dating.

Marilyn’s career also began to take off. Shot in spring and summer of 1952, Niagara was directed by Henry Hathaway. Marilyn starred as a cunning adulteress named Rose Loomis, a character much harsher than those she had played in her earlier films.

The critics may have had their doubts about Marilyn, but the public made her a superstar after the release of Niagara in January 1953. The film grossed over $6,000,000 that year.

In March 1952, Marilyn’s career was rocked by a scandal when her nude photographs (taken by Tom Kelley in 1949) were published on a calendar. Marilyn decided it would be best to admit to posing for the photos, and be honest about why she did it. 20th Century Fox panicked and encouraged her to deny it, but Marilyn refused to lie to her fans. She then gave an interview explaining that she had been struggling for money, and that the photographer’s wife had been present during the shoot. Luckily, Marilyn had made the right decision - the public loved her even more for her honesty.

On her birthday, June 1st, Marilyn was told she had landed the role as Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Her co-star Jane Russell earned between $100,000 and $200,000 for her role, whilst Marilyn earned just $1,500 a week, totaling around $18,000 for her work. Aware that she was being taken advantage of, Marilyn insisted on her own dressing room. As she told the Fox executives, “I am the blonde, and it is Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.”

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Marilyn Monroe by Carlisle Blackwell, 1952.

Marilyn Monroe by Carlisle Blackwell, 1952.

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theregularone asked: Your answer to the idiot who called Marilyn a slut was perfect! For those of us who are actually fans and love her because of her movies/work and not just her image, it was truly wonderful. It's funny how people always say she slept with married men but don't accuse the men she slept with at all! After all they were the ones that were married! Anyways love your blog<3333

She actually only slept with 2 men who were married at the time, (Yves Montand and POSSIBLY John F Kennedy). Its not excusable but to be honest there are so many people who have done worse than that! And in regards to her possibly sleeping with JFK, he slept with SO many women! He was cheating on Jackie every day of the week.

Exactly - I mean consider Audrey Hepburn. She was an amazing woman & actress, but she also slept with a married man. And she is considered some sort of innocent, virginal angel. Again, I’m not shaming her for it, but why is it that when it comes to Audrey people conveniently forget everything bad she did, but with Marilyn they refuse to focus on anything else?

Her sex life isn’t even relevant to me unless I’m studying how it affected her life or personality. And it bugs me how everyone calls her a “slut” and a “whore” like being sexually promiscuous is the most despicable thing a person can be. Because, firstly, she wasn’t promiscuous at all, and secondly, even if she was, what’s so wrong with a woman enjoying casual sex with multiple partners, so long as that sex is safe and consensual? 

I’ll finish this response with a quote from Marilyn:

"People had a habit of looking at me as if I were some kind of mirror instead of a person. They didn’t see me, they saw their own lewd thoughts, then they white-masked themselves by calling me the lewd one."

Thank you xxx

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Marilyn Monroe, 1961.

Marilyn Monroe, 1961.

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i have spent my easter playing black ops zombies and eating chinese food

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goddessmarilyn:

Marilyn in “As young as you feel”, 1951

goddessmarilyn:

Marilyn in “As young as you feel”, 1951

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Marilyn Monroe by Jean Howard, 1954.

Marilyn Monroe by Jean Howard, 1954.

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Marilyn Monroe by Ed Clark, 1950.

Marilyn Monroe by Ed Clark, 1950.

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Candid photos of Marilyn Monroe by fan James Haspiel

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Marilyn Monroe by John Florea, 1953.

Marilyn Monroe by John Florea, 1953.

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September 13th 1953: Marilyn Monroe appears on The Jack Benny Show.

September 13th 1953: Marilyn Monroe appears on The Jack Benny Show.

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July 24th 1953: Marilyn Monroe arrives in Vancouver on her way to film River of No Return.

July 24th 1953: Marilyn Monroe arrives in Vancouver on her way to film River of No Return.

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Trying to be baby in the Douglas Kirkland photos.

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June 26th 1953: Marilyn Monroe at Grauman&#8217;s Chinese Theater.

June 26th 1953: Marilyn Monroe at Grauman’s Chinese Theater.

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