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December 23, 2020

Rare Photos of Marilyn Monroe Auditioning for a Play at the Players Ring Theatre in Los Angeles, 1950

In March 1950, Marilyn Monroe attended an audition for roles at the newly formed Players Ring Theater in Los Angeles. She didn’t win any roles at the theater, but she did win a role in The Fireball soon after.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Monroe spent most of her childhood in foster homes and an orphanage and married at age 16. She was working in a factory as part of the war effort during World War II when she met a photographer from the First Motion Picture Unit and began a successful pin-up modeling career, which led to short-lived film contracts with 20th Century Fox and Columbia Pictures.

After a series of minor film roles, she signed a new contract with Fox in late 1950. Over the next two years, she became a popular actress with roles in several comedies, including As Young as You Feel and Monkey Business, and in the dramas Clash by Night and Don’t Bother to Knock. She faced a scandal when it was revealed that she had posed for nude photos before she became a star, but the story did not damage her career and instead resulted in increased interest in her films.

(Photos by Richard Miller)


  1. Overrated... I honestly don't understand the infatuation with her.

  2. ^^it is not beauty, it is charm, baby




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