Marilyn Monroe is famous for being an actress and model in the years after World War II. Monroe was admired for her beauty, sex appeal and acting abilities. During the 1940s and 1950s, she was lauded as one of the most loved celebrities in the United States.
Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortenson. Her famous platinum blonde hair was naturally a shade of brown, according to her official site. Mortenson spent her childhood moving between the homes of family members and friends, with the occasional stay in an orphanage as a result of her mother's battle with a mental illness that kept her from caring for Norma Jeane.
Norma Jeane married at 16 and was working in an aeronautical factory when she was professionally photographed for the first time. Her captivating beauty soon earned her work as a model. By the end of the next year, she had dyed her hair blonde and changed her name to Marilyn Monroe.
Monroe starred in several enduring classics, such as "Some Like it Hot" and "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes." She was found deceased in her new home under mysterious circumstances in 1962. Contemporary artists such as Elton John and Lady Gaga credit Monroe's talent for inspiring them to pursue their talents.