Childhood and first marriage Monroe as an infant, c. I loved to play. I didn't like the world around me because it was kind of grim, but I loved to play house. It was like you could make your own boundaries When I heard that this was acting, I said that's what I want to be Some of my foster families used to send me to the movies to get me out of the house and there I'd sit all day and way into the night.
Up in front, there with the screen so big, a little kid all alone, and I loved it. For the first sixteen months, she continued living with the Atkinsons; she was sexually abused during this time.
My husband and I hardly spoke to each other. This wasn't because we were angry. We had nothing to say. I was dying of boredom. Modeling and first film roles Monroe photographed by Conover while working at a radioplane factory in mid In April , Jim Dougherty was shipped out to the Pacific ; he would remain there for most of the next two years.
Camera, Laff, and Peek. Head executive Darryl F. Zanuck was unenthusiastic about it,  but he was persuaded to give her a standard six-month contract to avoid her being signed by rival studio RKO Pictures. She appeared in two small film roles during the contract and was let go after a year Monroe had no film roles during the first months of her contract and instead dedicated her days to acting, singing and dancing classes.
In October , she appeared as a blonde vamp in the short-lived play Glamour Preferred at the Bliss-Hayden Theater , but the production was not reviewed by any major publication. Schenck , who persuaded his friend Harry Cohn , the head executive of Columbia Pictures, to sign her in March Hyde represented her and their relationship soon became sexual, with him even proposing marriage. Breakthrough years Monroe as gangster's moll Angela in John Huston 's The Asphalt Jungle , one of her first performances to be noted by the critics In , Monroe had bit parts in Love Happy, A Ticket to Tomahawk , Right Cross and The Fireball , but also appeared in minor supporting roles in two critically acclaimed films: In March , she was a presenter at the 23rd Academy Awards , and in September, Collier's became the first national magazine to publish a full-length profile of her.
Gossip columnist Florabel Muir named her the " it girl " of and Hedda Hopper described her as the "cheesecake queen" turned "box office smash". The film allowed Monroe to display more of her acting range in a dramatic role Regardless of her popularity and sex appeal, Monroe wished to present more of her acting range. She appeared in two commercially successful dramas in the summer of The Hollywood Reporter stated that "she deserves starring status with her excellent interpretation", and Variety wrote that she "has an ease of delivery which makes her a cinch for popularity".
In We're Not Married! Henry's Full House , her final film of the year, she had a minor role as a prostitute. She was often late or did not show up at all, did not remember her lines, and would demand several re-takes before she was satisfied with her performance.
Rising star Performing " Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend " in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Monroe starred in three movies that were released in and emerged as a major sex symbol and one of Hollywood's most bankable performers. The role of Lorelei was originally intended for Betty Grable , who had been 20th Century-Fox's most popular " blonde bombshell " in the s; Monroe was fast eclipsing her as a star who could appeal to both male and female audiences.
It was the second film ever released in CinemaScope , a widescreen format that Fox hoped would draw audiences back to theaters as television was beginning to cause losses to film studios. Conflicts with 20th Century-Fox and marriage to Joe DiMaggio Monroe and Joe DiMaggio after getting married at San Francisco City Hall , January Posing for soldiers in Korea after a USO performance in February , during her suspension by the studio Although Monroe had become one of 20th Century-Fox's biggest stars, her contract had not changed since , meaning that she was paid far less than other stars of her stature and could not choose her projects or co-workers.
On January 14, she and Joe DiMaggio, whose relationship had been subject to constant media attention since , were married at San Francisco City Hall. Marines over a four-day period. She called it a "Z-grade cowboy movie in which the acting finished second to the scenery and the CinemaScope process", although it was popular with audiences.
Although the film was shot in Hollywood, the studio decided to generate advance publicity by staging the filming of a scene on Lexington Avenue in Manhattan. The shoot lasted for several hours and attracted a crowd of nearly 2, spectators, including professional photographers.
I want to do better things. People have scope, you know. She moved to Manhattan and took acting classes with Constance Collier and attended workshops on method acting at the Actors Studio , run by Lee Strasberg. It was clear that MMP would not be able to finance films alone, and the studio was eager to have Monroe working again. Critical acclaim and marriage to Arthur Miller Arthur Miller and Monroe at their wedding in Westchester County on June 29, Monroe began by announcing her win over 20th Century-Fox; the press, which had previously derided her, now wrote favorably about her decision to fight the studio.