How did Marilyn Monroe Die?

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe was born as Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1826. She was an American actress, model and even a singer. She is very famous for playing comedic characters. Monroe quickly became a popular actress in the 1950s.

She was hailed as a top billed actress for only a decade but during this time, her films grossed more than 200 million dollars which was huge back in the day. Adjusted for inflation, that amount turns out to be over $2 billion in 2021.

Who is Marilyn Monroe?

Monroe was born to mother Gladys Barker and she was from a poor Midwestern family. The family migrated to California in the year 1900.

She was just 15 when she got married to John Baker and they had two children named Robert and Berniece.  She also filed for divorce and took sole custody in 1923. Following this incident, she married again but was divorced again.  Throughout her life, Marilyn battled depression and this was the reason how she died as well.

How and When did Marilyn Monroe die?

Marilyn Monroe died of an overdose in the evening of August 4, 1962. She Overdosed on barbiturate. She was found dead on her home in LA, California. Her body was discovered before Sunday (She died in Saturday). As a famous Hollywood actress in the 50s, Monroe was considered by many as one of the best actress in the world. But what caused her depression and her resorting to drugs? Let us find out.

Disappointment in Life

Marylin is probably one of the most iconic actress in Hollywood. She had many hits in the 50s. But the 60s did not do her much justice. The actress went on a downward spiral and most of her movies started to flop. Her disappointing movies included Let’s Make Love, The Misfits, Something’s got to give and more. This rough patch was not great. The studio even fired her on June 8 and this is where her life turned upside down.

The studio was 20th Century Fox and they said that her constant production delays had cost $2 million and he was sued for 500 grands. Monroe stated that the management was wrong with the business. The management kind of made it troublesome to the people.

This battle between the studio and Marylin was not really good for her image. But she knew what she had to do and so, she kind of prepared to turn things around. She did by landing on the cover pages of incredible magazines and this kind of forced the studio to hire her back. This might have fixed the issue but the underlying problem was still intact.

Mental health issues

Monroe had trouble with her upbringing. Add to that, she was pressured and Fame was literally forced on her throughout her life. She was considered a sex symbol by many as well. This symbolism was really hard for her and that kind of made her take the route of substance abuse. She famously stated that Hollywood pays $1000 for a kiss and 50 Cent for the soul. Monroe also stated that Hollywood is just one big varicose vein.

Depression ran on her family. Her birth mother had spent much part of her life in Psychiatric clinics and Monroe tried her best to not follow that fate. But it was not meant to be. She finally got into the Payne Whitney Psychiatric clinic but this experience traumatized her even more.

During her final days, she was seeking help from Dr. Ralph Greenson who was a psychiatrist. Greenson later confirmed that Monroe talked about her insomnia just hours before her death.  Greenson thought she would go out and get some fresh air and then go to sleep. But we all know that was not the case.

Police found empty pill bottles next to her that was there with a prescription given to her a few days ago by Dr. Hyman Engelberg who told her to take the pills one her night. They also found 12 to 15 medicine bottles beside her.

Monroe’s housekeeper saw her head to the bedroom at around 8 PM on Saturday night. Even at 3:25 AM, they noticed that Monroe’s light was still on but they did not hear any responses from her.  The housekeeper called Dr. Greenson who came to the house and saw her dead body.


Marylin Monroe was an iconic actress and her death was pretty sad. She couldn’t take the burden of being famous and being under scrutiny all the time and this made resort to take drugs.  She died because of the mixture of depression and disappointment she got from a life filled with fame and fortune. Although she was loved by many of her fans, she did not have any real meaningful relationships. She was divorced multiple times and just a lot of other factors might have been there that pushed her off the edge so, she had to take drugs to feel better. It was a really sad ending for a legendary actress.

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