This informative title highlights the life of Marilyn Monroe. Readers will learn about Monroe's background from her birth as Norma Jean through her unstable childhood in foster homes and orphanages to her marriage to James Dougherty at age 16. Monroe's early work is discussed, from her beginnings as a model with Blue Book Modeling Agency to her signing with Twentieth Century Fox Studios, and her becoming Marilyn Monroe, through early films such as Love Happy and We're Not Married to her superstar roles in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire, The Seven Year Itch, Some Like it Hot, and The Misfits. Monroe's marriages to Joe DiMaggio and Arthur Miller are examined, as is her relationship with the Kennedy family. Monroe's descent into self-destructive behavior is covered, including her death by drug overdose at age 36. This book includes details of Monroe's life and covers the controversies surrounding her life and death. Lives Cut Short is a series in Essential Library, an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.