On August 5, 1962, the world mourned the death of international star and sex symbol, Marilyn Monroe.
Marilyn Monroe was born on June 1, 1926, in Los Angeles as Norma Jeane Mortenson (soon after changed to Baker), the third child born to Gladys Pearl Baker.
After spending much of her childhood in foster homes, Monroe began a career as a model, which led to a film contract in 1946 with Twentieth Century-Fox.
She is known for many films, including Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Seven Year Itch, and Some Like it Hot.
Rumors widely circulated that Monroe had affairs with both President John F. Kennedy, and his brother, Robert Kennedy (Attorney General). Monroe famously sang a seductive version of “Happy Birthday” to JFK at his 45th birthday celebration in Madison Square Garden.
On August 5, 1962, Monroe was found dead at her home in Brentwood, Los Angeles, California. She was 36 years old. At the subsequent autopsy, narcotics were found in her system, and the Los Angeles County Coroners office recorded cause of death as “acute barbiturate poisoning,” resulting from a “probable suicide.”
Many theories, including murder, circulated about the circumstances of her death and the timeline after the body was found. Some conspiracy theories involved John Kennedy and Robert Kennedy, while other theories suggested CIA or Mafia complicity. It was reported that President Kennedy was the last person Monroe called.
Tragically, JFK would be assassinated a little more than a year later.
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