Marilyn Monroe was Hollywood’s All-American Girl. But her initial success hinged on hiding her Mexican roots.


Monroe arriving by plane from Mexico City.

Monroe flew in from Mexico City and took a ten-day vacation in one trip in 1962.Bettmann

  • Marilyn Monroe’s stardom was built on the image of an all-American girl.

  • Monroe is related to Mexico as she was born in Mexico before her mother moved to California.

  • Hollywood has historically favored white people, and Monroe leaned into her persona throughout her career.

When Norma Jean Baker first entered Hollywood in 1946, she quickly realized who she needed to be to become a big Hollywood success.

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Based on the novel by Joyce Carol Oates, “Blonde” “promises an untold look at the iconic movie star’s Latina legacy and one of her last trips to Mexico.” according to A Variety article that first reported on the making of the film.

Monroe has Mexican roots and frequently visited her mother’s country of birth in her later years.

However, Hollywood has historically liked The 20th century film industry was no exception. Monroe’s fame and success was built on her image as an All-American girl. A persona she helped create and ultimately controlled as she rose through the ranks of Hollywood.

Monroe’s mother was born in Mexico

According to birth registration, Monroe’s mother, Gladys Pearl Monroe, was born in 1902 in Piedras Negras, Mexico. documentThe Monroe family moved to this town just outside of Eagle Pass, Texas, after a series of droughts hit the Midwest in the 1980s.

At the time, immigration of Americans to Mexico was not uncommon. The then President of Mexico, General Porfirio Diaz, open To foreign companies and American immigrants to help industrialize the country. Monroe’s maternal grandfather, Otis Monroe, worked on the railways of Piedras Negras.

In 1903, the Monroe family moved to Los Angeles, California, where Norma Jean Baker was born on June 1, 1926.

Struggling with mental and financial problems, Gladys placed her daughter in foster care, but she continued to visit frequently. , Norma Jean went through orphanages and foster homes.

A photo of Marilyn Monroe, then Norma Jeane Baker and her mother Gladys Baker.

Norma Jeane Baker, future movie star Marilyn Monroe, as a toddler on the beach with her mother, Gladys Baker, circa 1929.Silver Screen Collection/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Birth of Marilyn Monroe

[In1945NormaJeanbeganmodeling[1945年、ノーマ・ジーンはモデルを始め、signed A year later, he signed an acting contract with 20th Century Fox. She dyed her hair platinum her blonde and decided on her stage name Marilyn Her Monroe.

Monroe was presented as an all-American girl and herself played a key role in creating her public image. makeup artistAlan “Whitey” Snyder, Monroe evolved Her signature appearance is fair skin, blonde hair, dark arched eyebrows, full lips and a mole. She began playing bit parts in her films, and in 1953 she had her big break in three films, becoming one of Hollywood’s major sex symbols and one of her highest-paid stars. established her position in the

Over the course of her career, Monroe took complete control of her persona and used it to her professional advantage. You had to be “very smart” and “very tough” to beat.

“The stupid blonde was a role – she was an actress, for heaven’s sake!” Churchwell Said.

In the 1940s and 1950s, many actors and actresses changed Their names land jobs in Hollywood. For example, Margarita Carmen Cansino became Rita Hayworth and Raquel Tejada became Raquel Welch. Welch grew up with a father who forbade Spanish in his home and tried to assimilate it at all costs. Admitted Her Latino heritage comes after decades in the industry.

American movie star Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962) arrives at the city limits of Los Angeles, ready to take Hollywood by storm.

Monroe was seen as a “California girl” ready to take Hollywood by storm.John Koval Foundation/Getty Images

Although racially white, Monroe consciously built and defended her all-American girl image. It was recognized as a famous state institution.

Monroe visited Mexico frequently in his later years.

Monroe used to find it frustrating not to be in control of a movie set. say it She was “tired of the same old sex roles” – the stress that led her to start using barbiturates and other drugs.

Monroe started her own production company in 1955 and traveled to Mexico more frequently in the years leading up to her death in 1962.

There, she met Spanish directors such as Luis Buñuel and Mexican actress Silvia Pinal, serenaded a mariachi band, and ate tacos at the El Taquito restaurant. Monroe also flirted with Mexican director Jose Her Bolanos, who escorted her to her Golden Globe Awards in 1962.

Marilyn Monroe during a visit to Mexico in 1962.

In 1962, Monroe visited the set of the Mexican film El Angel Exterminador.public domain

in her last photo shoot Along with photographer George Barris, Monroe wore a Mexican sweater in several shots.

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