Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, singer, model and film producer, among the most famous actresses in the history of cinema.

After spending much of her childhood in foster homes, she began working as a model, before signing her first film contract in 1946. She won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy in 1960.

In 1999 Marilyn Monroe was listed by the American Film Institute in sixth place in the list of the greatest female stars of all time and among the 100 most attractive women of all time. In the years and decades following her death, Monroe has often been cited as a true pop culture icon.

The circumstances of her death at a young age, due to a barbiturate overdose, have been the subject of much speculation, although her death is officially classified as a probable suicide.

Marilyn Monroe was found dead in the bedroom of her home in Brentwood, Los Angeles, on August 5, 1962, at the age of thirty-six. Her body, without clothes and with the telephone receiver in her hand, was discovered by Ralph Greenson, the psychiatrist who had been urgently called at 3.30 am by Eunice Murray, housekeeper and friend of the actress, worried because she was unable to enter Marilyn's room.

The door was locked from the inside and, although Murray saw the light on, she heard no noise and no one answered her questions. The call to the police to report the incident came at 4.25am local time, as per subsequent telephone inquiries.

Some biographers, however, believe that five hours had passed from the moment of death to when the authorities were notified: in this period of time Marilyn would have been taken to the Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, but the hospital would have refused to accept the case for excessive notoriety of the victim. A formal investigation in 1982 by the Los Angeles County attorney general concluded with no credible evidence of a conspiracy.