Marilyn Monroe – Essays

Click here to read an extensively researched and very well written thesis about Marilyn’s death contributed to this site by Melinda Barclay.
During the twilight hours of Saturday, August 4, 1962, Marilyn Monroe died as a result of an overdose of barbiturates, a prescription drug. The motion picture star’s death certificate reads “probable suicide” although all the evidence surrounding the death of the renowned movie star indicates one of the most covered-up murders of the time. “Strange sounds were carried on the wind during the night-shouting and the crash of broken glass. Neighbors reported that a hysterical woman had yelled, ‘Murderers! You murderers! Are you satisfied now that she’s dead?’” Reports later confirm that woman to be Pat Newcomb, Monroe’s best friend and companion of both R.F.K and J.F.K.

Essay by Daniella Klein about the true Monroe
Only the public can make a star. It’s the studios who try to make a system out of it.
Marilyn Monroe had great insight to have said this. She had life experience to back it up. Marilyn’s real name was Norma Jeane Baker. She was a sweet, innocent, vibrant young woman who got caught up in the glamour of show business. As fame took hold of her, she became less and less herself, and more and more “Marilyn”. This persona created by the media was glamorous, outspoken, and unmistakably sexy. Marilyn Monroe was merely an image created by the media, and not truly Norma Jeane at all. This image was created, killing the true spirit inside of this woman, and eventually killing this woman altogether.

Essay Marilyn Monroe & her Legacy Contributed by Clarissa Fischer, 7th Grade
Marilyn Monroe has spread the word “wow” over the United States and Europe for over six decades. Gathering confidence as she grew older, Miss Monroe told America that she had a style and she wasn’t going to change it. From her platinum locks to her glamourus wardrobe, she set a standard for American beauty that no one else could match.

Essay about the obstacles Norma overcame
Somebody once said that Marilyn Monroe played the best game with the worst hand dealt in the game of life. Marilyn Monroe, born Norma Jean Mortenson, personified Hollywood glamour with an unparalleled glow and energy that captivated the world. Brought into the world in a traumatic situation that would effect the later part of her life, she managed to become a legend. Marilyn was therefore great but misunderstood in many ways. Surpassing her stereotypical sex goddess appeal, Marilyn learned to go beyond the struggles that were placed upon her in her journey through life to become known as one of the greatest Hollywood divas that ever existed.

What Really Happened To Marilyn? By Josh Barnard
Whenever a greatly beloved public figure dies, especially when they’re taken before their time, the public suffers a great shock. When the shock wears off, the public is left wanting to know why it happened. Sometimes, though, there is no clear explanation, or the one given doesn’t seem to make sense. Such is the case of Marilyn Monroe, the most legendary actress ever to grace the silver screen. She was found dead in the guest house of her Los Angeles home, and the official ruling was a suicide by overdose of sleeping pills. However, to many people this explanation of her death just doesn’t ring true. Since her death on the night of August 4th, 1962, nearly forty years ago, many theories on the events surrounding her death have been brought up for consideration. Each new theory has its strong points and its weaknesses, but not everyone is able to agree on what the one true explanation is.

Here is a great essay by Lisa DeGroff about Marilyn’s acting.

My candle burns at both ends; It will not last the night; But ah, my foes and oh, my friends; What a lovely light it gives!
I have always had a degree of fascination for Marilyn Monroe, as many thousands of people have.  The perfect opportunity to research her came along in my film class in college.  I wrote this paper as my final project.  I hope you enjoy.  Following is a list of links to other Marilyn sites. – Lisa DeGroff

An essay by Heather Lindley, Upland High School

In a quiet room the words “Marilyn Monroe” are muttered and heads turn, people suddenly reminded of the actress/ sex-symbol tune in to hear the gossip. Scenes like this would have been typical back in 1950’s, but even today people are still on the edges of their seats to hear more. The words Hollywood Glamour go along with Marilyn just as well as Bloomingdale’s and a credit card. Along with most people Marilyn did go through rough times, but most of the time she was the girl every girl wanted to be and the woman every man wanted to be with. From stardom to the Kennedy scandal, Marilyn believed in living life to its fullest.

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