Watch videos & listen free to Marilyn Monroe: I Wanna Be Loved By You, Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend & more, plus 814 pictures. Marilyn Monroe, (1 June 1926 – 5 August 1962), born Norma Jeane Mortenson but baptized Norma Jeane Baker, was an American actress, singer and model. She was born in Los Angeles, California, U.S. After spending much of her childhood in foster homes, Monroe began a career as a model, which led to a film contract in 1947. Her early roles were minor, but her performances in The Asphalt Jungle and All About Eve (both 1950) were well received. She was praised for her comedic ability in such films as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire and The Seven Year Itch, and became one of Hollywood’s most popular and glamorous performers. Discover more music, concerts, videos, and pictures with the largest catalogue online at Last.fm.