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ntold numbers of books, magazine and newspaper articles have been written about the all-too-short Greek tragedy of a life that was Marilyn Monroe's. Her sad childhood, career struggles, failed high-profile relationships, alleged substance abuse and finally her still-mys- terious death have all been chronicled, explored and analyzed by many who knew her, and more still who didn't. In this age of the internet, just about every detail of the movie star's life can be located: the addresses she lived, schools she attended, cars she drove, her astrological chart, the LA County Coroner's autopsy report…you name it and it's probably online. The veracity of that information is another story, however. We do know for sure that the woman born Norma Jeane Mortenson (later Baker, then Dougherty before becoming the Hollywood construct that was Marilyn Monroe) on June 1, 1926, died August 5, 1962, and even now—54 years later—her transcendent beauty, charisma and legend live on. Seems that people still can't get enough Marilyn Monroe. She was a Los Angeles native, perhaps the original California Golden Girl. Through deter- mination, hard work and a little luck, she par- layed her natural assets into a spot at the high- est reaches of the film acting business. Marilyn was a true star, one whose every move, every Of Monroe's first screen test, cinematographer Leon Shamroy said: "She had a kind of fantastic beauty…she was showing us she could sell emotions in pictures." And Marilyn, like so many others then and now, succumbed several times to the tempting siren call of the Monterey Bay area. 134 C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • S U M M E R / F A L L 2 0 1 6 U Photo: Getty Images

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