Marilyn Monroe Commemorative Risque Coin 999 Gold Clad - Roadshow Collectibles

Marilyn Monroe Commemorative Risque Coin 999 Gold Clad.

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Marilyn Monroe Commemorative Risque Coin 999 Gold Clad.

Marilyn Monroe's career as an actress spanned 16 years. She made 29 films, 24 in the first 8 years of her career.


Born as Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926, in Los Angeles General Hospital, her mother, Gladys, listed the father's address as unknown. 

Due to her mother's mental instability, Norma Jeane was placed in the foster home of Albert and Ida Bolender. 

In 1933, Gladys begins to show signs of mental depression and in 1934 was admitted to a rest home in Santa Monica. Grace McKee, a close friend of her mother took over the care of Norma Jeane. 

Grace was to marry in 1935 and Norma Jeane was placed in an orphanage from September 1935 to June 1937. 

In September 1941 Norma Jeane was again living with Grace when she met Jim Dougherty, and on learning that she and her husband would be moving, she set in motion for Norma Jeane to marry Dougherty on June 19, 1942.

Dougherty joined the Merchant Marines in 1943. Norma Jeane, working in a factory inspecting parachutes in 1944, was photographed by the Army as a promotion to show women on the assembly line contributing to the war effort. 

In 1946, she was granted a divorce. 

On July 23, 1946, she signed a contract with Twentieth Century-Fox Studios. From this point on she would be known as Marilyn Monroe. She had a minor part in the movie "Scudda-Hoo! Scudda-Hay! Marilyn sang her first song in the movie "Ladies of the Chorus".

Johnny Hyde, of the William Morris Agency, became her mentor and lover in 1949. 

Her first serious acting job came in 1950 in "The Asphalt Jungle" and received favourable reviews. "Clash By Night" in 1952. Monroe's first leading part in a serious feature was to be in "Don't Bother to Knock," filmed in 1952.

Marilyn met Joe DiMaggio in 1952.

In 1952 Marilyn began filming "Niagara" with Joseph Cotten... a film that establish her stardom. In her next big film, "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes". 

On January 14 Joe and Marilyn were married. 

She was asked to go on a USO tour of Korea to entertain the troops.  She entertained over 60,000 soldiers, she was a huge success. 

On May 29, Marilyn began filming "There's No Business Like Show Business". 

The famous "skirt blowing" scene from the "Seven Year Itch", filmed in 1954 was to be a hit.

In the fall of 1954, Marilyn and Joe separated and later divorced. 

In early 1955 Marilyn returned to New York and joined the Actors Studio, in pursuit of becoming a serious actress. 

She was to renew her acquaintance with Arthur Miller and have an affair with him before their marriage over a year later. 

Marilyn returned to Hollywood in 1956, to film "Bus Stop." After completing the film she returned to New York. Miller also returned to New York after obtaining a divorce in Reno, Nevada. They were married on June 29 in White Plains, NY.

The Millers departed for London soon after their marriage so that Marilyn could start production on "The Prince and the Showgirl". 

Marilyn Monroe did not return to Hollywood until 1958 to make "Some Like It Hot". Her health continued to deteriorate due to her dependency on drugs and an unhappy marriage. Her next film "Let's Make Love" proved to be an unremarkable film with much publicity over her brief affair with co-star Yves Montand.

July 1960 marked the start of filming "The Misfits" a short story by Arthur Miller.

On November 5th, the day after "The Misfits" was completed, co-star Clark Gable suffered a serious heart attack and died on November 16, 1960. 

Marilyn divorced Arthur Miller in January of 1961, the same month that "The Misfits" was released. Another unhappy marriage was terminated.

In 1961 Marilyn purchased a house in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles. 

A reported affair with John F. Kennedy began in late 1961. At the President's gala birthday celebration in Madison Square Garden on May 19, 1962. The Attorney General, Bobby Kennedy was also reported to have had an affair with Marilyn shortly before her death.

Marilyn began production on "Somethings Got to Give" in April 1962. 

The Studio was deeply in debt over their production of "Cleopatra", and cost millions over budget. It is theorized, that if Fox scrapped the Marilyn Monroe film with far fewer expensive sets and actors, they possibly could be reimbursed by the insurance company for losses due to a star's illness, and recoup monies spent. 

Marilyn had been seeing Joe DiMaggio frequently during this time and had finally agreed to remarry him. The wedding date was set for August 8, 1962. Fox rehired her to complete "Somethings Got to Give" these events would never come to pass due to her untimely death on August 5, 1962.

Much has been speculated about the events surrounding her death.

A saddened Joe DiMaggio made arrangements for the funeral, inviting no one from the Hollywood scene or press, but only close friends and relatives. 

Item Code - MEMSOU1E234BCAZ4A4

Width: 1 3/4"  Height: 1 3/4"  Depth: 1/4"  Weight: 32 g

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