Marilyn Monroe

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Norma Jean Mortenson, 1 June 1926, Los Angeles, California, USA, d. 5 August 1962, Brentwood, California, USA (she was baptised Norma Jean Baker according to her grandmother’s wishes). As well as being a talented comedienne and the number 1 sex symbol in movies during the 50s, Monroe proved to be an appealing interpreter of flirtatious ballads in several of her most popular films. As one of the Ladies Of The Chorus (1948), she made a promising start with Lester Lee and Allan Roberts’ ‘Every Baby Needs A Da-Da-Daddy’, which, with its reference to ‘Tiffany’s’, was a precursor to one of her most celebrated performances a few years later, when the same New York store cropped up in ‘Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend’, from Jule Styne and Leo Robin’s score for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953). In that film Monroe duetted with another of Hollywood’s top glamour girls, Jane Russell, on ‘Two Little Girls From...

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