The unforgettable story of the screen sex symbol who spent her life struggling to prove she was more than a dumb blonde. A thrown-away child desperate for love, Marilyn married Joe DiMaggio and Arthur Miller, had controversial relationships with John and Robert Kennedy, and died alone under suspicious circumstances. This chronicle of her turbulent life includes rarely seen home movies and interviews with first husband James Dougherty, Gloria Steinem, and Hugh Hefner. (2-hour version)
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Marilyn Monroe - Childhood (1:57)
Marilyn Monroe - Death (1:45)
In 1952, Marilyn Monroe was introduced one of the biggest heroes in baseball, Joe DiMaggio. She was drawn to his quiet, conservative nature-- as well as the fact that he wasn't in show business.
On May 19th, Marilyn Monroe made history when she sang "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" provocatively to President John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden.
Marilyn Monroe's mother was mentally unstable, causing Marilyn to grow up in foster homes, were she suffered abuse.
Marilyn Monroe was found dead in her home on August 5, 1962. She died of an overdose of barbiturates at the age of 36.
After her disagreements with 20th Century Fox, Marilyn Monroe left Hollywood for New York City to become a serious actress. She studied method acting at the Actors Studio and became close with teachers Lee Strasberg and his wife, Paula.