Marilyn Monroe (June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962) was an American model
and actress. One of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s, she
played stereotypically "dumb blonde" characters that were emblematic of
the era's attitudes towards sexuality. She began her career as a pin-up
model. After two short-lived film contracts, she was signed by 20th
Century-Fox in 1951. The next year, scandalous nude photographs of her
were featured in a popular calendar. She became one of the most bankable
Hollywood actors with starring roles in comedies such as Gentlemen
Prefer Blondes (1953), How to Marry a Millionaire (1953), and The Seven
Year Itch (1955). Disappointed in being typecast and underpaid, Monroe
formed her own production company in 1955 and successfully fought for a
better contract with Fox. She received critical acclaim for her
performances in Bus Stop (1956) and Some Like It Hot (1959), winning a
Golden Globe for Best Actress for the latter. Her last completed film
was the drama The Misfits (1961). Troubled by mental health and
addiction problems, Monroe died of a barbiturate overdose in 1962. She
continues to be considered a popular culture icon.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Second English Civil War: Parliamentarian troops defeated
Royalist forces in the Battle of Maidstone.
British naval officer and explorer James Clark Ross
successfully led the first expedition to reach the North Magnetic Pole.
Louis Napoleon was killed in action during the Anglo-Zulu War,
sending shock waves throughout Europe, as he was the last serious hope
for the restoration of the Bonapartes to the French throne.
Louis Brandeis became the first Jew to be appointed to the
United States Supreme Court.
World War II: After the first mainly airborne invasion in
military history, Crete surrendered to Nazi Germany.
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Wikiquote quote of the day:
Determination in a single instance is an expression of courage; if
it becomes characteristic, a mental habit. But here we are referring not
to physical courage but to courage to accept responsibility, courage in
the face of a moral danger. This has often been called courage d'esprit,
because it is created by the intellect. That, however, does not make it
an act of the intellect: it is an act of temperament. Intelligence alone
is not courage; we often see that the most intelligent people are
irresolute. Since in the rush of events a man is governed by feelings
rather than by thought, the intellect needs to arouse the quality of
courage, which then supports and sustains it in action. Looked at in
this way, the role of determination is to limit the agonies of doubt and
the perils of hesitation when the motives for action are inadequate.
--Carl von Clausewitz
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