The famous picture of Marilyn Monroe laughing as her skirt is blown up by the blast from a subway vent was shot on September 15th, 1954 filming The Seven Year Itch. The scene infuriated her husband, Yankee legend Joe DiMaggio, who felt it was exhibitionist and divorced her shortly after.
She was born Norma Jean Mortensen (Baker), she had a tragic childhood with her mother institutionalized at age 5 sending her to a series of foster homes where she was neglected and abused. She quit school at 16 and got married as Norma Jean Dougherty.
In 1944 she worked as a paint sprayer in a defense plant where she was spotted by a photographer becoming a popular pin-up girl. Newly divorced and working as a model she signed with 20th Century Fox in 1945 but dropped her after one film, Columbia signed her also dropping her after one film. Unemployed, she posed nude for a calendar for $50 that cemented her rise to fame. Fox re-signed her in 1950 giving her feature roles like Gentlemen Prefer Blondes in 1953, Bus Stop in 1955, Some Like It Hot in 1959, & The Misfits in 1961. She attempted one more film, Something’s Got to Give, but was fired for frequent absences from the set which many believed to be related to drug addiction.
On August 5th 1962, at the young age of 36 she died from an overdose of sleeping pills ruled a possible suicide. Her ex-husband Joe DiMaggio continued to send flowers to her grave every day for the rest of his life. Since her death, her popularity and mystique have endured spawning movies & songs paying homage to this blonde sexy bombshell including a 2011 film My Week With Marilyn and Elton John’s 1973 Candle In The Wind.
You can find this Marilyn Monroe life-like statue in front of the Tropic Cinema at 416 Eaton Street just 1-block west of Duval Street.