January 1934: Norma Jeane's mother Gladys is admitted to a rest home in Santa Monica, having suffered a mental breakdown. January 1935: Gladys is committed to a Metopolitan State Hospital in Norwalk, LACounty, with a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia. January 1947: Fox renews Marilyn's contract for another six months. First week of January 1949: Johnny Hyde buys Marilyn's contract & devotes his entire professional time to furthering Marilyn's career. January 5, 1950: Started shooting "The Fireball". January 1953: The famous nude picture of Marilyn is republished as "Miss Golden Dreams" on the January page of a new calendar. January 21, 1953: "Niagara" released, Marilyn is a star. January 4, 1954: Fox suspends Marilyn for failing to appear for filming. January 14, 1954: Marries Joe DiMaggio at San Francisco City Hall. January 7, 1955: Marilyn and Milton Greene hold press conference announcing the creation of Marilyn Monroe Productions. January 10, 1955: Marilyn returns briefly to Hollywood to film one scene of additional dialogue for "The Seven Year Itch". January 15, 1955: Marilyn then moved to the East coast and was once again suspended by Fox. January 4, 1956: Announcement of reconciliation between Marilyn and Fox studios. January 28, 1958: Marilyn attends the annual March of Dimes fashion show at the Waldorf-Astoria, New York. January 1960: On the recommendation of Marianne Kris, her New York analyst, Marilyn begins seeing Dr. Ralph Greenson on an irregular basis. January 1961: Marilyn & Lee Strasberg propose a television dramatization of Rain to NBC & end up walking away when Strasberg is not chosen as director. January 20, 1961: Mexican divorce from Arthur Miller granted. January 31, 1961: Premiere of The Misfits. Late January 1962: At Greenson's suggestion Marilyn buys a small Spanish hacienda at 12305 Fifth Helena Drive in Brentwood. She also hires Eunice Murray as her companion & housekeeper on Dr. Greenson's urging.
February 26, 1936: Papers are legally filed to allow Grace McKee Goddard to become Norma Jeane's legal guardian. February 1945: Norma Jeane quits Radioplane - she believes she has a future as a professional model. February 1947: Twentieth Century - Fox renews Marilyn's contract for six months. Several days later she receives her first casting call, for Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay! February 1948: Marilyn meets Twentieth Century - Fox mogul Joseph M. Schenck at a Hollywood party. He is sixty-eight. Marilyn twenty-one. He becomes a friend and benefactor, and the general consensus is there was an affair. February 20, 1948: Marilyn is crowned Miss California Artichoke Queen. Late February 1948: Schenck asks poker friend Harry Cohn, head of Columbia Pictures, to consider Marilyn for work at his studio. February 1949: Marilyn films a part in Love Happy, and is mentioned in Louella Parsons' gossip column. February 26, 1952: Marilyn begins filming Monkey Business. Winter 1952: Arrangements are made for sports hero Joe DiMaggio to meet Marilyn at the Villa Nova restaurant, 9015 Sunset Blvd. Marilyn is twenty-five at the time; Joe is thirty-seven. They have dinner together almost every night for two weeks. (The Villa Nova was renamed The Rainbow Bar and Grill.) February 9, 1953: Gladys Baker is transferred to Rockhaven Sanatorium at Marilyn's expense. February 2, 1954: Honeymoon couple mobbed by thousands of fans on the cork floor tiles as they arrive in Tokyo. Marilyn is invited to entertain the American troops in Korea. February 16, 1954: Marilyn started entertaining troops in Korea traveling to ten different locations. She entertained over one hundred thousand soldiers and marines. February 1955: Marilyn visits Lee Strasberg, who makes ongoing psychoanalysis a condition of her becoming a student at the Actors Studio. February 9, 1956: A press conference with Laurence Olivier to announce joint project, The Prince and the Showgirl is held at the Plaza Hotel, 768 Fifth Ave. Marilyn wears a low cut black velvet dress with thin shoulder straps, one of which breaks. It is suspected this is a publicity stunt on Marilyn's part, which she adamatly denied. February 17, 1956: Marilyn performs the barroom scene from Eugene O'Neill's Anna Christie at the Actors Studio. February 25, 1956: Returns to Hollywood after more than one year away in exile in New York. The reporters were at Los Angeles airport to cover her return. She is asked about her "high necked" outfit she is wearing, "Is this the new Marilyn?", she replied, "No, I'm the same person - but it's a different suit." February 18, 1957: Arthur Miller is indicted by a federal grand jury on two counts of contempt of Congress. February 27, 1957: Frank Sinatra testifies at an investigation into the "Wrong Door" raid carried out by Joe DiMaggio in 1954. February 9, 1960: Marilyn was awarded her Star on the Walk of Fame. February 1961: Marilyn reads that Clark Gable's widow blames her for his death. Marilyn tells friend/masseur Ralph Roberts how close she came to committing suicide. February 1, 1961: United Artists releases The Misfits, this will be Marilyn's last completed film. February 7, 1961: Marilyn's analyst Marianne Kris is alarmed by Marilyn's suicidal behavior. She persuades Marilyn to enter the Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic, on New York's Upper East Side. Marilyn goes willingly, but does not realize she will be treated as a disturbed patient, even locked in a padded room. After three days of panic, she is able to contact Joe DiMaggio, who comes to her rescue. February 11, 1961: Joe DiMaggio arranges for Marilyn to be transferred to the much less intimidating Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. February 1, 1962: Dinner in honor of Robert Kennedy. February 1962: Moves to 12305 5th Helena, Brentwood, CA. February 1962: With her housekeeper Eunice Murray, Marilyn flies to Mexico to buy furniture and artifact's for her new home.
March 9, 1948: Marilyn is signed to a standard six month contract at $125 a week with Columbia Pictures. She auditions for the low budget musical "Ladies of the Chorus", and wins co-starring role. March 27, 1950: Marilyn lands the part of a starlet in "All About Eve". March 1951: After catching the eye of Spyros Skouras, president of Fox, Marilyn secures the renewal of her contract. March 29, 1951: Presenter at The Academy Awards. March 13, 1952: Nude calendar story broken to the public. March 15, 1952: Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn meet for the first time. March 1952: Marilyn and Joe DiMaggio go out on a first date. March 1953: Photoplay features an article by Jim Dougherty, "Marilyn Monroe Was My Wife". March 6, 1953: Filming on "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" is completed. March 9, 1953: Photoplay magazine names Marilyn "Fastest Rising Star of 1952" and Joan Crawford's prudish sensibilities are offended as Marilyn (in the infamous gold lame gown designed by Travilla) picks up her award. March 5, 1954: Marilyn arrives back in Los Angeles from entertaining the troops in Korea. March 14, 1954: Marilyn is voted "Best New Actress" of 1953 by Photoplay magazine. March 31, 1954: Charles Feldman at Famous Artists Agency officially becomes Marilyn's agent. March 1955: Photographed through the month by Ed Feingersh for Redbook magazine. March 9, 1955: At the premiere of "East of Eden" in NYC, Marilyn acts as an usherette in aid of the Actors Studio. March 30 or 31, 1955: At the opening of the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus, Marilyn appears riding a pink elephant at Madison Square Garden for the New York Arthritis & Rheumantism Foundation. March 1, 1956: Marilyn receives the key to Warner Brothers. March 3, 1956: Filming begins on "Bus Stop". March 12, 1956: Norma Jeane Mortenson legally becomes Marilyn Monroe. March 22, 1956: Darryl Zannuck left Fox. March 29, 1959: Premiere of "Some Like it Hot" at Loew's Capitol Theater on Broadway. March 8, 1960: Receives Golden Globe Award for "Best Actress in a Comedy", for Some Like it Hot. March 1961: Margaret Parton interviews Marilyn for the Ladies Home Journal, but the interview is never published as it is deemed "too sympathetic" by the editor. March 5, 1961: Discharged from Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital. March 5, 1962: Marilyn wins Golden Globe Award, "Worlds Favorite Female Star".
April 1935: Gladys Baker's finances are assessed as she in no longer able to manage her affairs. Spring 1937: Grace McKee Goddard becomes Norma Jeane's legal guardian. April 1944: Norma Jeane starts work at the Radio Plane Munitions Factory while living with her in-law's the Dougherty's. Spring 1945: Spotted by Army photographer David Conover on a job for the forces' magazine Yank. April 26, 1946: First national magazine cover in Family Circle with a photo by Andre deDienes. April 1948: Marilyn meets Natasha Lytess, head drama coach at Columbia, who later becomes her personal drama coach for some years. April 1948: Filming of Ladies of the Chorus begins. April 14 or 26, 1948: Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay! is released. April 1950: Johnny Hyde takes Marilyn to meet director Joseph L. Mankiewicz at Twentieth Century-Fox. She is signed for small but perfectly-formed part of Miss Caswell in All About Eve. April 8, 1950: Release of Love Happy. April 21, 1950: A Ticket to Tomahawk is released. April 18, 1951: Shooting starts on Love Nest. April 7, 1952: Marilyn appears on LIFE magazine cover for the first time. April 28, 1952: Marilyn's appendix is removed at the Cedars of Lebanon hospital. April 1953: Start of fliming on How to Marry a Millionaire. April 14, 1954: Fox lifts suspension they had on Marilyn, and she returns to the studio. April 30, 1954: Release of River of No Return. April 8, 1955: Edward R. Murrow interviews Marilyn live on "Person to Person", broadcast live from Milton Greene's Connecticut home. April 12, 1956: Suffering from bronchitis, Marilyn spends four days in St. Vincent Hospital, Los Angeles. April 11, 1957: A statement is released, accussing Milton Greene of mismanaging Marilyn Monroe Productions. April 11, 1957: Marilyn & Arthur Miller attend the April in Paris Ball at the Waldorf Astoria. April 4, 1958: After prevaricating, Marilyn signs the contract for Some Like It Hot. April 23, 1962: Begins work on Something's Got to Give.
May 27, 1949: Marilyn signs a release form for Tom Kelley, as "Mona Monroe", and poses nude on a red velvet drape for calendar photos. She is paid $50. May 19, 1950: Release of "A Ticket to Tomahawk". May 23, 1950: World premiere of "The Asphalt Jungle" at Grauman's Egyptian Theater. May 11, 1951: Marilyn's short-term contract with Twentieth Century-Fox is extended to a new seven-year contract. This is the result of her appearance at an exhibitors' party in the studio commissary, at which studio president Spyros Skouras is present. Marilyn shows up late making her usual electrifying entrance. "The excited exhibitors want to know what movies she will be in, and soon she is in every movie that has a part for a blonde. Twentieth Century-Fox launches a full scale star-making operation on Marilyn. Now she is really on her way. May 11, 1951: Release of "Hometown Story". May 11, 1951: Films a part in "Let's Make it Legal" for Fox. May 3, 1952: Studio publicity about Marilyn had presented her as an orphan, but after it is discovered that her mother is still alive, she releases a short statement to the Press. May 1953: Marilyn is featured on the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine. May 28, or 29, 1954: Began filming "There's No Business Like Show Business". May 3, 1956: Bus Stop starts shooting. May 14, 1956: Time magazine features Marilyn on the cover for the first and only time in her lifetime. May 12th, 1957: Marilyn appeared at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York, for a soccor game between Isreal and the United States. She was to make the first kick of the game. May 14, 1957: After being called to Washington, Arthur Miller is put on trial for contempt of Congress; Marilyn accompanies him but stays out of sight. May 13, 1959: Marilyn receives Italy's version of Hollywood's Oscar, the David di Donatello Award, as Best Actress in a Foreign Film, for The Prince and the Showgirl. The ceremony is held at the Italian Consulate, at 686 Park Avenue, New York City. May 1961: Marilyn enters the Cedars of Lebanon Hospital for a minor operation. May 17, 1962: Marilyn leaves for New York, to sing for the President, at a fund-raising birthday celebration at Madison Square Garden. May 18, 1962: In New York, Marilyn receives a breach-of-contract notice from Twentieth Century-Fox, charging her with failure to work and a stern warning of dire consequences to follow. She is outraged. May 19, 1962: Marilyn sings "Happy Birthday" and "Thanks for the Memory" at the JFK birthday gala at Madison Square Garden. May 23rd, or 28th, 1962: Marilyn films a swimming sequence, wearing a flesh colored bikini. She suggests that she should be photographed nude, for publicity.
June 1, 1926: Norma Jeane Mortenson born at LA General Hospital. June 13, 1926: Gladys turns her newborn daughter over to a foster family, Albert & Ida Bolender, where she remains for the next seven years. June 1, 1935: Grace McKee becomes the court-appointed guardian to Gladys & the legal guardian of Norma Jeane. June 1935,(some sources say June 1): Grace McKee marries Ervin Silliman Goddard aka "Doc". June 26, 1937: Norma Jeane leaves the orphanage to live with Grace McKee Goddard. June 19, 1942: Married her neighbor Jim Dougherty. June 26, 1946: Photographed by David Connover for "Yank Magazine". June 1, 1952: On her birthday she learns she is to be Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. June 26, 1953: Marilyn and co-star Jane Russell leave their prints outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre. June 1, 1955: The Seven Year Itch premieres. June 3, 1956: Returns to New York after finishing filming of Bus Stop. June 29, 1956: Marries Arthur Miller in a civil ceremony. June 13, 1957: The Prince and the Showgirl premieres. June 1960: Begins seeing psychoanalyst Ralph Greenson on a daily basis. June 1, 1962: Marilyn's thirty-sixth birthday, her last day at work for Fox & her final public appearance. June 7, 1962: Fox fires Marilyn for breach of contract. June 8, 1962: A meeting is held at which Dr. Greenson assures Fox executives that he can get Marilyn back to the studio. It's all academic since she was fired the day before. June 9, 1962: The Saturday newspapers show director George Cukor with actress Lee Remick, hired as Marilyn's replacement. June 22, 1962: Appeared on cover of "Life" magazine for the last time during her life. June 23, 1962: Bert Stern begins first of three photo sessions for Vogue "The Last Sitting". June 28, 1962: Negotiations resumed with Fox about Something's Got to Give. June 29, 1962: George Barris spends three days shooting Marilyn for Cosmopolitan.
July 17, 1946: First interview at 20th Century Fox with Ben Lyon. July 19, 1946: First Screen Test for 20th Century Fox. July 23, 1946: Norma Jeane is offered a standard six-month contract at $75 a week, with an option to renew at $125. Grace McKee signs contract as Norma Jeane's legal guardian, NJ is still under age (she's only twenty). Ben Lyon and Norma Jeane decide on a new name. Marilyn Monroe it is. July 29, 1946: First mention in a Hedda Hopper's gossip column, a fabrication tying her with Howard Hughes. July 24, 1949: First interview with Earl Wilson. July 1, 1956: Marries Arthur Miller in a Jewish ceremony. July 14, 1956: Arrives in London to begin work with Olivier in The Prince and The Showgirl. July 1957: Marilyn announces to Miller that she's pregnant. He has never seen her happier or more confident. July 18, 1960: Shooting starts on The Misfits. July 4, 5, 7, and 9, 1962: Begins extensive interview, her last, with Richard Merryman. July 6, 1962: Allan Grant shoot for Life Magazine. July 1962: Finishes three photo sessions with photographer Bert Stern for Vogue magazine. July 1, 1962: Last day of photo sessions with George Barris for Cosmopolitan magazine. July 1962: Marilyn continues to see Dr. Greenson daily. Dr. Hyman Engelberg visits Marilyn almost daily, to give her "youth shots" which often make her speech rapid and disjointed. July 12, 1962: Meets Fox studio chiefs. July 20, 1962: Allegedly enters Cedars of Lebanon hospital for abortion. July 28, 1962: Weekend at Cal-Neva Lodge.
August 2, 1945: Norma Jeane applies to Blue Book Modeling Agency in the Ambassador Hotel. August 26, 1946: First studio contract with Fox, Norma Jeane changed her name to Marilyn Monroe (Marilyn was after actress Marilyn Miller and Monroe was her mothers maiden name). August 25, 1947: Fox contract not renewed, Marilyn is dropped by Fox. August 15, 1949: Starts shooting "A Ticket To Tomahawk". August 31, 1952: Marilyn makes her live radio debut, on NBC's Hollywood Star Playhouse, playing a murderess in the episode "Statement in Full." August 1956: Marilyn learns she is pregnant, but fears she will lose the baby. In the first week of September, she does. August 1, 1957: It's an ectopic pregnancy, and she loses the baby. Marilyn takes an overdose of pills. Arthur Miller realizes what is happening and calls for medical help in time. August 4, 1958: Starts work on "Some Like it Hot". August 26, 1960: Flies to LA because of nervous breakdown during filming of The Misfits. August 1, 1962: Twentieth Century-Fox agrees to hire Jean Negulesco to replace George Cukor as director of "Something's Got to Give". Marilyn is delighted: Negulesco directed her in the hit "How to Marry a Millionaire". Twentieth Century-Fox signs Marilyn to a new contract with a salary of $250,000 per picture, more than twice her current salary. August 3, 1962: The new issue of Life magazine with Richard Meryman interview, "Marilyn Lets Her Hair Down About Being Famous" hits the stands. Songwriter Jule Styne calls from New York, to propose a screen musical version of the play and film "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn." Publicist Arthur Jacobs calls to set up a meeting with director J. Lee Thompson. Marilyn has dinner with personal publicist Pat Newcomb and Peter Lawford at LaScala restaurant in Beverly Hills. August 4, 1962: Marilyn's last day alive includes a 6hr session with Greenson. Many believe this is the true date of Marilyn's death, probably sometime between 9 and 11pm. August 5, 1962: Police called to Marilyn's home. Official day of death. Autopsy performed. August 8, 1962: Funeral at Westwood Memorial Park Cemetery. August 28, 1962: Marilyn's death certificate is signed.
September 13, 1935: Norma Jeane enters an orphanage in Los Angeles as orphan number 3463. Autumn 1944: Photographers from the army's First Motion Picture Unit arrive at Radioplane in Burbank to take photos and movies of women in the assembly line, to show their contribution to the war effort. Photographer David Conover asks eighteen-year-old Norma Jeane to pose for him. One of the photos of hers appears on the cover of Yank magazine in 1945. September 13, 1946: Divorce granted from James Dougherty. September 8, 1948: Dropped by Columbia. September 8, 1951: In the September 8, 1951, issue, Collier's magazine features the first full-length national magazine story on Marilyn, entitled "Hollywood's 1951 Model Blonde" by Robert Cahn. September 2, 1952: Marilyn is grand marshall for the Miss America Pageant parade in Atlantic City, New Jersey ~ and many others are shocked by her revealing clothing. September 13, 1953: Marilyn makes her live television debut on Jack Benny's CBS-TV comedy series show, singing "Bye Bye Baby" from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and successfully performing a comedy sketch with Jack. September 15, 1954: As a publicity stunt for the New York filming of The Seven Year Itch, Marilyn stands over a subway grating at Lexington Avenue and 52nd Street, the breeze billowing up her white pleated dress. Two hundred photographers record the scene, as thousands of ogling spectators watch. Joe DiMaggio is furious. September 16, 1954: Marilyn and Joe return to Los Angeles. Two weeks later, Marilyn files for divorce.
October 1933: Gladys hears that her grandfather, Tifford Hogan, has committed suicide. Fall 1933: Moves in with mother, Gladys Baker. October 1949: MGM signs Marilyn for role in of Angela Phinlay in John Huston's The Asphalt Jungle. She is listed only in the end credits, eleven of fifteen names in this major production. October 14, 1950: Release of All About Eve. Fall 1951: Marilyn tries to contact C. Stanley Gifford, the man she believed was her father, but he refuses to see her. Marilyn enrolls to study acting with coach Michael Chekov. Filming of Clash by Night. Filming of Don't Bother to Knock. Oct 10, 1951: Release of Love Nest. October 23, 1951: Marilyn appears on the cover of Look magazine for the first time. October 16th, 1952: Release of O' Henry's Full House. October 26th, 1952: Marilyn is heard on ventriloquist Edgar Bergen's radio show. October 1953: Meets Milton Greene at a party given by Gene Kelly. October 1953: Marilyn signs recording contract with RCA. October 5, 1954: Officially separates from Joe DiMaggio. October 27, 1954: First divorce hearing held. October 5, 1955: Marilyn attends opening night of Diary of Anne Frank at Cort Theater, Broadway, starring Susan Strasberg as Anne. October 31, 1955: Final divorce decree is granted dissolving the marriage of Marilyn & Joe. October 31, 1955: Lawyers for Twentieth Century-Fox and Marilyn Monroe Productions agree on a contract. October 29, 1956: Presented to Queen Elizabeth II at the royal command film performance. October 1958: Marilyn is pregnant again and filming Some Like it Hot at the Del Coronado near San Diego, CA. October 14, 1959: Although Marilyn is due to begin rehearsing in New York for The Billionaire - later released as Let's Make Love - she fails to show. Late October 1960: Marilyn & Arthur Miller agree to divorce, he leaves their Beverly Hills Hotel bungalow at her request. October 2nd or 3rd, 1961: Marilyn meets Robert Kennedy at a dinner party held at Peter Lawford's beach house. October 1995: Marilyn is voted UK's Empire magazine Sexiest Female Movie Star of All Time. October 1997: Marilyn is listed No.8 in the UK's Empire magazine The Top Movie Stars of All Time. Fall 1998: Marilyn is voted Playboy magazine's Sexiest Female Star of the Twentieth Century. October 1999: Marilyn's personal property went on auction at Christie's in NY, the gown in which she sang "Happy Birthday" to JFK sold for over $1 million.
November 10th 1917: Robert "Jackie" Baker, Marilyn's half-brother, is born to Gladys Baker. November 1938: Goes to live with "Aunt" Ana Lower. November 1952: Marilyn does a guest stint on the Edgar Bergen - Charlie McCarthy radio program and announces that she and the precocious wooden celebrity are engaged to be married. November 12th 1952: Marilyn shot costume test for several scenes of "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes." November 4th, 5th 10th, or 11th November 1953 (depending which source you believe): "How to Marry a Millionare" premieres. November 5th 1954: Joe and Frank Sinatra go on "Wrong Door Raid". November 6th 1954: Hollywood party at Romanoff's held in Marilyn's honor. November 7th 1954: Marilyn is admitted to Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Los Angeles. November 8th 1954: Marilyn undergoes surgery at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Los Angeles. The surgery was of a "corrective female nature." November 20th 1956: Returns to US from filming "The Prince &Show Girl" in UK. November 6th 1958: Finishes "Some Like it Hot". November 5th 1960: Last day of filming "The Misfits". November 11th 1960: Public announcement that Marilyn and Arthur to divorce. November 16th 1960: Clark Gable dies of heart attack. November 19th 1961: Attends a dinner at Peter Lawford's house with President Kennedy.
December 1948: Her first film to be released is Dangerous Years, four months before Scudda-Hoo! Scudda-Hey! December 31, 1948: Met Johnny Hyde, her agent, who dedicated himself to promoting her. December 10 1950: Signed seven-year contract with Fox. December 18, 1950: Johnny Hyde dies. December 15, 1953: Marilyn fails to turn up for the first day of shooting on the Girl in the Pink Tights. December 31, 1954: Formed Marilyn Monroe Productions with Milton Greene. December 31, 1955: The big new Fox contract. December 4, 1956: Marilyn was a star usherette at the premier of Baby Doll, held at the Victoria theater on Broadway. December 18, 1956: Radio show from the Waldorf-Astoria. December 17, 1958: Another miscarriage.
Sources: The Marilyn Encyclopedia, The Unabridged Marilyn - Her Life from A to Z, Marilyn Monroe Unseen Archives, The Ultimate Marilyn, & Marilyn Handbook.