Marilyn Monroe (original name, Norma Jean) was one of the most famous Hollywood stars from the 1950s to early 1960s. She was a to-billed actress, with her films which made 2 million dollars by 1962. Monroe was a major sex symbol of the 1950s. Around the time of her death, Monroe had suffered from mental illnesses for several years, not completing a single film since The Misfits, released 1961. During that year she preoccupied herself with her mental illnesses. She was raised in several foster homes, her mother, Gladys Baker Mortenson, was hospitalised after being diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic.
She played in Somethings Got to Give by 20th Century fox, but was fired in early June. The studio had publicly blamed her for production problems. Trying to fix her image, Marilyn got several interviews to high-profile publications.
On a Sunday morning of August the 5, Eunice Murray, Monroe’s maid, noticed Marilyn’s bedroom door locked. There was no response from Monroe, so Murray called Ralph Greenson, Marilyn’s psychiatrist. Greenson broke down the door, finding Monroe dead on her bed. She had overdosed on Barbiturate. Police ruled her death a suicide, based on her overdose, mood swings and suicidal ideation. Some theories say Monroe was assassinated by President John F. Kennedy, his brother, union leader Jimmy Hoffa, and mob boss Sam Giancana. Police looked into it in 1986, but found no evidence.