Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jeane Mortenson June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962), was a award winning American actress, a singer, a model and a pop icon. Marilyn Monroe was known for her comedic skills and screen presence, going on to become one of the most popular film stars of the 1950s and early 1960s. At the later stages of her career, Marilyn Monroe worked towards serious roles with a measure of success. However, Marilyn Monroe faced disappointments in her career and personal life during her later years. Her death has been subject to speculation and conspiracy theories.