Marilyn Monroe Net Worth: On June 1, 1926, Norma Jeane Mortenson, who later became Marilyn Monroe, was born in Los Angeles, California. Her mother, Gladys Pearl Baker, had two kids before leaving her abusive husband, who later took the kids away. Marilyn didn’t know she had a half-sister until she was 12 years old, and her half-brother died in 1933.
Gladys married Martin Edward Mortensen in 1924, but they broke up a few months later. She put Mortensen’s name on Monroe’s birth certificate, but it is thought that he was not her father. Gladys had mental illness and money problems, and after her mother had a mental breakdown, the state took care of Marilyn. Monroe lived in foster homes for the next few years, where she was sexually abused. This made her shy and gave her a stutter.
She later lived at the Los Angeles Orphans Home. In 1936, Grace Goddard, a friend of her mother’s, became Monroe’s legal guardian. However, after Goddard’s husband, Doc molested Marilyn, she moved in with different relatives and friends, including Goddard’s. She moved in with Grace’s aunt Ana Lower in 1938 and started going to Emerson Junior High School, where she wrote for the school paper.
Monroe moved back in with the Goddards in 1941 and went to Van Nuys High School. When Doc’s company moved him to another state, Marilyn couldn’t go with the family because California has laws to protect children. Monroe married their neighbor’s son and stopped going to school so she wouldn’t have to go back to the orphanage. In 1943, she and her husband moved to Santa Catalina Island.
Marilyn quit her job at the Radioplane Company, where she worked and met photographer David Conover, to focus on modeling. She started modeling for Conover and some of his friends, and in 1945, she was signed by the Blue Book Model Agency. Monroe started showing up in ads and men’s magazines, and she dyed her hair blonde. By 1946, she had been on the cover of more than 30 magazines.
In June 1946, she signed with an acting agency, and in August 1946, Darryl F. Zanuck, the head of 20th Century Fox, gave her a six-month contract. She started going by the name Marilyn Monroe on stage and started taking lessons in acting, dancing, and singing. Marilyn’s first movie was “Dangerous Years,” which came out in 1947.
In 1948, she starred in “Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay!” At this time, the studio asked her to take classes at the Actors’ Laboratory Theatre. Her teachers thought she was too shy to make it as an actress, so in August 1947, Fox did not renew her contract. Monroe signed with Columbia Pictures in March 1948. She was in the movie “Ladies of the Chorus” in 1948, but her contract wasn’t renewed.
Marilyn, who was 16 at the time, married James Dougherty, who was 21 at the time, on June 19, 1942. They split up in 1946. She then married retired baseball player Joe DiMaggio on January 14, 1954. Joe was jealous, controlling, and abusive, so Monroe filed for divorce just nine months after the wedding. Then, on June 29, 1956, she got married to playwright Arthur Miller. They split up in 1961.
There are also rumors that Marilyn dated Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, President John F. Kennedy, and Robert F. Kennedy. There are also rumors that she planned to remarry Joe DiMaggio on August 8, 1962, which was the day she died. Monroe struggled with depression and drug abuse, and in the late 1950s, she was hospitalized after taking too many barbiturates. Monroe had surgery for endometriosis and cholecystectomy in 1961. She was also sent to a mental hospital, but DiMaggio saved her and got her out early.
Marilyn Monroe’s Net Worth
Marilyn Monroe was an American singer, actress, and model who was worth $800,000 when she died in 1962. Taking inflation into account, that’s the same as about $7 million in dollars today. Marilyn’s film salary was just under $3 million over the course of her career. When inflation is taken into account, this is the same as about $24 million before taxes. She wasn’t very good with money. She spent a lot on strangers, relatives, and employees, and she also bought herself expensive jewelry, clothes, and other things.
Marilyn’s home in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, which she bought just eight months before she died, was probably her most valuable possession. It was the only house Marilyn ever owned. She paid $77,500 for the house in January 1962. For the down payment, she had to borrow money from her ex-husband, Joe DiMaggio. When she died, the house was worth $90,000. Over the next few decades, the house had about six different people living in it. It sold for $995,000 in 1994, but for $7.25 million in 2017.