American Women!
A Celebration of Our History
April 22 -- October 29, 2000

Actress and Sex Symbol


"I don't want to make money. I just want to be wonderful.""


Born Norma Jean Baker, Marilyn Monroe may always be remembered as the sex symbol of the 1950s-perhaps of all time--yet this beautiful but troubled woman had talent that rarely was allowed to shine. Yet famous directors such as Billy Wilder and John Huston recognized many other attributes than beauty. A natural comedienne, Marilyn surprised and delighted filmgoers who bought tickets just to gawk.

Monroe's talent went beyond the silver screen. Packed crowds went wild when she entertained American troops during the Korean War. Nearly every soldier had her photo tacked above his bunk, and imagine how their spirits improved when they saw her in a USO show!

Marilyn suffered from depression affected by her desire to be taken seriously. Failed romances with sports stars, playwrights, and politicians contributed to her early death at age 36. Whether her overdose from sleeping pills was suicide or murder is still a matter of debate.

Historic Artifacts:

BATHING SUIT worn by Marilyn Monroe from the studio wardrobe
GOLD JEWELRY given to Monroe from Joe DiMaggio
PERSONAL MOVIE SCRIPT for Clash By Night, with Marilyn Monroe, Barbara Stanwyck, 1951
-- On loan from Dr. Jon K. Lattimer, Kailua-Kona HI

PRESS BOOK for The Misfits with Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Montgomery Clift, 1961
-- On loan from the University of Iowa Libraries, Special Collections Department, Iowa City IA

PAGES from the FBI FILE on Monroe's death (facsimiles). File contains over 80 heavily edited pages that trace her love affairs and speculation on her death.
-- Printed from the website of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Washington D.C.

PHOTO POSTER of Marilyn Monroe in a black bathing suit
-- Purchased from

MOVIE POSTER of Some Like It Hot with Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon
-- Purchased from

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