Few women captivated the world like Marilyn Monroe. During her short career she became a famous actress and a timeless symbol of beauty, but she also traveled a path of drugs, alcohol, and failed marriages. Regarded as a talented actress, she mesmerized the world, but could not find personal happiness. Her death shocked Hollywood and cemented her status as a legend. Her movies are regarded as classics, her look and style remain classic, and her death was a tragic ending to her unfulfilled fairytale.
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Marilyn Investigated by the FBI
In July 1962, Marilyn Monroe went to Mexico with friends. There, the FBI started a file on the famous actress suspecting she had leftist or communist sympathies. These documents reveal the investigation into Monroe’s political beliefs, her alleged affairs, and the circumstances surrounding her death. While Marilyn Monroe’s official cause of death was an accidental drug overdose, suspicion and conspiracy veil night of August 5, 1962. Did she have an affair with Robert Kennedy? Did someone murder Marilyn? History will probably never know for sure, but these documents from the FBI reveal that someone saw her as more than just a silly actress. Conspiracy theories aside, Marilyn’s life and death leave her fans wondering how such a youthful actress could die in such a tragic and mysterious way.
Mrs. James Dougherty
26 June 1945 | Burbank, CA
If it wasn’t for the military, there might never have been a Marilyn Monroe. Marilyn (then Norma Jeane Dougherty) was working as a technician at the Radio Plane Munitions Factory during World War II. Her husband at the time (Jim Dougherty) was serving with the Merchant Marine in South-East Asia. A group of press photographers came to the factory to do a photo shoot for feature on women in the war effort for Yank Magazine. Army photographer David Conover took Norma Jeane’s picture and encouraged her to sign up with a modeling agency. NOTE: She is pictured with the RP-5 Radioplane, which was the first mass-produced UAV or target drone in the United States.