Marilyn Monroe’s Net Worth and Earnings
During her lifetime, Marilyn Monroe had a wealth of $800,000, making her one of the richest women in the world. After accounting for inflation, that’s around $7 million in today’s value. Over the course of her career, Marilyn earned little under $3 million in film salaries, which is equivalent to about $24 million before taxes.
When it came to her finances, she was unrestrained, spending lavishly on everyone from strangers to family members and staff to herself.
In addition to “How to Marry a Millionaire” “There’s No Business Like Show Business” “The Seven Year Itch” “Bus Stop” “The Prince and the Showgirl” and “Some Like It Hot” Monroe was a blonde bombshell with more than 30 acting credits to her name.
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Marilyn Monroe Productions was founded in the mid-1950s by Marilyn Monroe and Milton Greene, and she worked as an executive producer on “The Prince and the Showgirl.” American Film Institute’s list of the 50 greatest female American movie icons and the Smithsonian Institution’s “100 Most Significant Americans of All Time” list included Monroe.
Marilyn’s life was tragically cut short by a barbiturate overdose in August 1962, when she was 36 years old. As a result of questionable circumstances surrounding her untimely passing, it has been judged a probable suicide.
According to the will that was filed in Los Angeles County after Marilyn’s death, her net worth was reduced to roughly $370,000 after the payment of various settlement costs and estate fees. Norma Jeane Mortenson left a $10,000 bequest to her half-sister and lifelong personal assistant, both of whom worked for her throughout her life.
The mother-in-law will also set aside $5,000 for her assistant’s child in an educational trust fund. Her mother now has a trust fund with a value of $100,000 thanks to the provisions of the will.
Acting coach Lee Strasberg received Monroe’s tangible possessions after she died. Marilyn was raised by Lee and his first wife, Paula. Throughout her life, they remained close. Lee Strasberg also earned 75 percent of her intellectual property rights, or “residual estate” as part of her settlement.
Dr. Marianne Kris, Monroe’s therapist, received the remaining 25%.
The Anna Freud Center for the Psychoanalytic Study and Treatment of Children in London received Dr. Kris’s 25 percent ownership in the cottage enterprise when she died in 1980.
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Anna Mizrahi, a 28-year-old Venezuelan-born actress, married Lee a year later. When Monroe died, Anna was just 23 years old. Anna now owns 75% of Marilyn Monroe’s estate, following Lee’s death in 1982.
In order to promote Monroe, Anna formed a partnership with the celebrity management firm CMG. It has been stated that CMG promised Anna a yearly royalty payment of $1 million. Lawsuit documents would subsequently reveal that Anna made over $7.5 million in license revenue from 1996 to 2000 alone.
Authentic Brands Group acquired Anna’s 75% ownership in the company in January 2011 for an estimated $20–30 million.
Just seven minutes away, door-to-door, Anna purchased a house in Marilyn’s Brentwood neighborhood. The house where Anna grew up is now worth between $7 million and $10 million.
Marilyn Monroe’s Early Life
Norma Jeane Mortenson, also known as Marilyn Monroe, was born on June 1st, 1926, in Los Angeles. Before Gladys Pearl Baker left her abusive husband (who later kidnapped the children), she had two children, and Marilyn wasn’t aware that she had a half-sister until she was 12 years old, her half-brother died in 1933.
After marrying Martin Mortensen in 1924, Gladys and Mortensen parted just a few months later, it is widely thought that Mortensen was not Gladys Monroe’s father. When Gladys had a mental collapse and Marilyn was taken into state custody, she was unable to care for herself.
While in foster care for the next few years Monroe was sexually molested, which caused her to become reclusive as well as to acquire an inability to speak clearly.
After Grace Goddard’s husband, Doc, raped her, Marilyn resided with numerous relatives (as well as Goddard’s family and acquaintances) after she was taken into custody by the Los Angeles Orphans Home in 1936. When she moved to live with her aunt, Ana Lower, in 1938, she began writing for the school newspaper at Emerson Junior High School.
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Marilyn Monroe’s Success
All About Eve” and “The Asphalt Jungle” landed Monroe a seven-year deal with 20th Century-Fox thanks to the intervention of William Morris Agency vice president Johnny Hyde. Let’s Make It Legal, As Young as You Feel, Home Town Story, and Love Nest followed in 1951, while in 1952 she appeared in Clash by Night, We’re Not Married!, Don’t Bother to Knock, and Monkey Business, among other features.
In 1952, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association dubbed her the “best young box office personality” and in 1953, the thriller “Niagara” made her one of Hollywood’s top sex icons. That same year, Marilyn appeared in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and How to Marry a Millionaire, guest-starred on “The Jack Benny Program,” and was on the cover and centerfold of “Playboy” magazine’s inaugural issue.
With Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, Monroe appeared in “Some Like It Hot,” which was designated by the Library of Congress as a “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” part of the National Film Registry in 1989. “Let’s Make Love” (1960), “The Misfits,” (1961), and “President Kennedy’s Birthday Salute,” (1962) are just a few of the last films in which she appeared.
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