“There are a thousand and one girls who can sing and dance and look good, and she wants to be in the movies. Well, good luck to her.” - Jim Doughery (Marilyn Monroe’s first husband) on being told she had filed for divorce (1946).
Eight years after this comment, Marilyn Monroe was a household name around the world; Marilyn had starred in films with Lauren Bacall and Jane Russell (amongst other huge stars), had imprinted her hand prints outside Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and had covered almost every popular magazine in America, she had also married American baseball hero Joe DiMaggio. The above photograph shows Marilyn performing to thousands of US troops in Korea (1954) in an attempt to keep spirits high. This was one of the ten crowds she performed to over four days with audiences combined totalling as over 100,000 troops. Marilyn would later describe the experience as “the best thing that ever happened to [her]”.