U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for August 5
WASHINGTON, Aug. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
SUNDAY, AUGUST 5: MARILYN MONROE
Profile America — Sunday, August 5th. For those of a certain age, it may be hard to believe, but today is the 50th anniversary of the death of Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe. Beloved by movie audiences around the world, Monroe was an intriguing mix of sensuality and vulnerability. Her death at age 36 from an overdose of sleeping pills is still controversial. Monroe made 29 movies in her short career, including "The Seven Year Itch," "Some Like It Hot," and "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes." Her three marriages included star baseball player Joe DiMaggio and playwright Arthur Miller. When Marilyn Monroe was born in 1926, movies were still silent. When she died in 1962, motion pictures were a $2.5 billion annual business. Profile America is in its 16th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2012, p. 391
Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970, p. 855
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
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