Norma Jeane Mortenson signed with Blue Book Model Agency in 1945 and was an instant sensation. She appeared on over 30 magazine covers in her first year. Of course, her fame would only increase after her first screen test with 20th Century Fox under the name Marilyn Monroe.
Monroe became her generation’s biggest stars and is one of the most influential people in the history of American culture. She was famous for her work in films like Gentlemen Prefer Blondes as well as her famous but short-lived marriages to Joe DiMaggio, and Arthur Miller.