MARILYN MONROE – HOLLYWOOD’S MOST FAMOUS BLONDE

Marilyn Monroe, whose name was Norma Jean Baker in childhood, was born to Gladys Mortenson, a film technician, whose husband, Edward Mortenson, deserted the family. Norma Jean’s natural father may have actually been another studio employee, C. Stanley Gifford. Gladys’ mental illness surfaced shortly after her daughter’s birth, and she was institutionalized much of Norma Jean’s growing years. Norma Jean was placed in a series of twelve foster homes, and once in an orphanage. She attended Van Nuys High School in Los Angeles, California.

At sixteen, Norma Jean escaped the foster system by marrying 20-year-old James Dougherty. A year later, in 1943, he joined the U.S. Merchant Marine. Norma Jean took a job in an airline plant, part of the World War II factory effort, and worked first as a parachute inspector, then as a paint sprayer. When the government came through to take promotional photographs of the women working in the plant, the brunette Norma Jean learned that she photographed well, took a modeling course, and began working part-time as a photographer’s model.

Success as a photographer’s model led her to her dream of becoming an actress. In 1946, she divorced Dougherty and bleached her hair to become a blond. She signed a one-year, $125/month contract with Twentieth Century-Fox on August 26, 1946. Ben Lyon, casting director, suggested that she take the name Marilyn, and she added her grandmother’s last name, Monroe.

Marilyn Monroe played one bit part that year, all of which ended up on the cutting room floor. The next year, she signed another one-year contract, this time with Columbia. The results weren’t any better. In 1950, Marilyn Monroe posed for full-length nude shots, which the photographer Tom Kelley sold for a calendar. That same year, she appeared in a bit part in The Asphalt Jungle, and though her name wasn’t even mentioned in the credits, her appearance generated a huge amount of fan mail. Her reputation as a blond bombshell had begun to be established.

So Twentieth Century-Fox signed Marilyn Monroe to a new contract — this time, for seven years. She appeared in All About Eve. In 1946, she had her first starring role, in Niagara. In Gentlemen Prefer Blondes she sang, and for the first time, she had her own dressing room. In January, 1954, Marilyn Monroe married the famous baseball player, Joe Di Maggio. The marriage was short-lived; they divorced in October. For the 1955 movie The Seven Year Itch, Marilyn Monroe appeared in the famous photographic stunt, in a white halter dress, with her skirt blown up by a draft from a sidewalk grate, leaning down to catch her dress so that her cleavage showed. The photograph was used to advertise the film, and has become one of the iconic images of Marilyn Monroe.

But after filming The Seven Year Itch, in which she plays a prototypical “dumb blond,” Marilyn Monroe decided to work more seriously on her acting skills, to the skepticism of many critics. She broke her movie contract, and moved to New York to study at the Actors Studio with Lee Strasberg for a year. In 1955, she founded her own company with Milton Greene, Marilyn Monroe Productions, and signed a new contract with Twentieth Century-Fox. She made the 1956 movie Bus Stop which wowed the critics, but she’d begun to lose herself to self-doubt, depression, drugs, and alcohol. Marilyn Monroe, whose mother and maternal grandparents had all struggled with mental illness and institutionalization, began taking sleeping pills for her insomnia. She regularly consulted psychiatrists. She drank heavily, and began a habit of arriving late to work, and sometimes not being able to work at all.

She married Arthur Miller, the playwright, shortly after Bus Stop was released, and for the marriage converted to Judaism. She lived quietly for two years with her new husband. During that time, Miller was fighting his conviction for contempt-of-Congress for refusing to answer two questions before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). The marriage, and several miscarriages, added to her self-doubt and depression, and to her use of drugs and alcohol. Marilyn Monroe’s next movie, The Prince and the Showgirl, brought mixed reviews. That was followed by Let’s Make Love, and an unhappy romantic liaison with co-star Yves Montand.

The Misfits was written for Marilyn Monroe by her husband, Arthur Miller. She performed well in the final product, though during its filming, she was often under the influence of alcohol and pills, and she was notoriously late to the set. Marilyn was affected by the death, two months after the film was completed, by co-star Clark Gable. In early 1961, Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller divorced. During this period, she was also bothered by many rumors of affairs, including with the President, John F. Kennedy, and his brother, Robert F. Kennedy. Filming her next project, ironically titled Something’s Got to Give, Marilyn’s lateness and addictions led to her dismissal after a month. She was briefly committed to a mental hospital. She was approved to return to the film, but never resumed filming.

Two months later, in her home in Los Angeles, Marilyn Monroe was found by her housekeeper, dead, with an empty bottle of sleeping pills next to her body. The coroner found the death was caused by an overdose of barbiturates, and pronounced it a possible suicide. No evidence of foul play was presented to the coroner. Marilyn Monroe’s funeral was planned by Joe Di Maggio; Lee Strasburg delivered the eulogy.

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LADY GAGA – THE CRAZIEST DRESSING SINGER

Lady Gaga is a theatrical dance-pop performer whose debut single, the international chart-topping hit “Just Dance,” established her as an up-and-coming superstar upon its release in 2008. Born Stefani Germanotta on March 28, 1986, the New York native attended Convent of the Sacred Heart, a private all-girl Catholic school in Manhattan, before proceeding to study music at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts at age 17. Influenced by flamboyant glam rockers such as David Bowie and Freddie Mercury (she would later draw her stage name from the Queen song “Radio Ga-Ga”) as well as ’80s dance-poppers such as Madonna and Michael Jackson, she began playing the piano at a young age and started writing original material as a teenager. In 2007, she began to make a name for herself on the downtown Manhattan club scene with a performance art show billed as Lady Gaga and the Starlight Revue (co-featuring Lady Starlight; born Colleen Martin, a DJ and makeup professional), and music industry insiders began to take note. While Lady Gaga was initially signed to Def Jam in 2007, nothing came of that association, and ultimately it was pop-rap superstar Akon who took her under his wing, signing her to his vanity label Kon Live in association with Interscope Records.

In addition to working for Interscope as an in-house songwriter, Lady Gaga began preparing the launch of her solo career. Her debut single, “Just Dance,” was released to radio in April 2008, and her full-length album debut, The Fame, followed in August. Featuring fellow Akon affiliate Colby O’Donis, “Just Dance” slowly gathered momentum throughout 2008’s latter half. The song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in August, at which time it had already become a massive club hit, but it didn’t reach number one until January 2009. Internationally, the song proved similarly popular, reaching the Top Ten throughout much of Western Europe and beyond. In the wake of Lady Gaga’s international breakthrough success with “Just Dance,” the follow-up single “Poker Face” was an even larger hit, topping singles charts across the board with its combination of pop melodicism and club-worthy production. Two additional tracks — “LoveGame” and “Paparrazi” — also cracked the Top Ten, and The Fame was still enjoying a spot on the Billboard Top 40 when its follow-up, The Fame Monster, appeared in November 2009.

Although originally planned as a bonus disc (to be packaged alongside The Fame in a deluxe edition of Lady Gaga’s debut), The Fame Monster was quickly expanded to eight tracks, thus warranting its own release. Meanwhile, the leadoff single “Bad Romance” became Gaga’s fifth consecutive Top Ten single.

ALBUMS

  • The Fame (2008)
  • The Fame Monster (2009)

AWARDS

ASCAP AWARD

  • “Just Dance” – Ascap Pop Music Award – Most Performed Songs
  • “Paparazzi” – Ascap Pop Music Award – Most Performed Songs

BET Awards 2010

  • Video Phone with Beyonce, Video of the Year

Billboard Award

  • 2009 – Billboard Rising Star
  • Billboard Year End Chart Awards for Best Hot 100 Artist
  • Billboard Year End Chart Awards for Best Hot Digital Songs Artist
  • Billboard Year End Chart Awards for Best Hot Pop Songs Artist
  • Billboard Year End Chart Awards for Top Dance/Electronic Artist
  • Billboard Year End Chart Awards for Canadian Hot 100 Artist
  • Billboard Year End Chart Awards for European Hot 100 songs
  • Billboard Year End Chart Awards for Best Electronic/Dance album
  • Billboard Year End Chart Awards for European Top 100 albums
  • Latin Billboard Music Awards for Crossover Artist of the Year, Solo

BMI Awards

  • “Poker Face” – BMI Pop Awards Award-Winning Songs
  • “Just Dance” – BMI Pop Awards Award-Winning Songs
  • “Love Game” – BMI Pop Awards Award-Winning Songs

Brit Awards

  • The Fame – Best international Album
  • International Female Solo Artist
  • International Breakthrough Act

Echo Awards

  • Best International Female Artist – 2010
  • Best International Newcomer – 2010
  • “Poker Face” – Best International/National Hit of the Year – 2010

ESKA Music Awards

  • ESKA Award for Best New Artist – 2009

GLAAD Media Awards

  • Outstanding Music Artist – 2010

Grammy Awards

  • Best Dance Recording – Pokerface – 2010
  • Best Electronic/Dance Album – The Fame – 2010

Japan Gold Disc Award

  • Best New Artist International
  • The three Best New Artist

Meteor Music Awards

  • Best International Female – 2010

MP3 MUSIC Awards

  • Love Game – The RCD Award – Radio / Charts / Downloads – 2010

MTV Music Awards

  • Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica: Mejor Artista Nuevo Internacional
  • Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica: Canción del Año
  • MTV Europe Music Awards for Best New Act
  • Best Dance Video – PokerFace – MTV Japan
  • MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist – Pokerface
  • MTV Video Music Award for Best Special Effects – Paparazzi
  • MTV Video Music Award for Best Art Direction – Paparazzi

Much Music Awards

  • MuchMusic Video Award for Best International Artist Video – Pokerface

NME Awards

  • NME Award for Best Dressed
  • NME Award for Worst Dressed

NRJ Music Awards

  • International Revelation of the Year

People’s Choice Awards

  • Favorite Pop Artist
  • Favorite Breakout Artist

Premios Oye Awards

  • The Fame – Premios Oye for English – Album of the Year
  • The Fame – Premios Oye for English – Best New Artist
  • Poker Face – Premios Oye for English – Record of the Year

Q Awards

  • “Just Dance” – Q Awards for Best Video, 2009

Swiss Music Awards

  • “Poker Face” – Swiss Music Award for International Best Song, 2009

Teen Choice Awards

  • “Just Dance” – Teen Choice Award for Choice Music: Hook Up, 2009

The Record of the Year

  • Poker Face – The Record Of The Year, 2009

TMF Awards

  • TMF Award for Best Female Artist International
  • TMF Award for Best Pop International
  • TMF Award for Best New Artist International

UK Music Video Awards

  • “Paparazzi” – UK Music Video Awards for Best International Video, 2009

Virgin Media Music Awards

  • “The Fame” – Virgin Media Music Awards for Best Album
  • Virgin Media Music Awards for Shameless Publicity Seeker

World Music Awards

  • “Poker Face” – World Music Awards for Best Song of the Year
  • “The Fame” – World Music Awards for Best Album of the Year
  • World Music Awards for Best Pop/Rock Artist
  • World Music Awards for Best New Artist
  • World Music Awards for Best Selling Artist of America

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