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Marilyn Monroe, One of the best American Actresses in history. Who’s she?

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Marilyn Monroe (née Norma Jeane Mortenson; June 1, 1926 – August 4, 1962) was an American actress, singer, and model.

Famous for playing comedic “blonde bombshell” characters, she became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s and early 1960s.

As well as an emblem of the era’s sexual revolution. She was a top-billed actress for a decade, and her films grossed $200 million (equivalent to $2 billion in 2021) by the time of her death in 1962.

Major Icon of Pop Culture

Long after her death, Monroe remains a major icon of pop culture. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked her sixth on their list of the greatest female screen legends.

From the Golden Age of Hollywood. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Monroe spent most of her childhood in foster homes and an orphanage.

She married at age sixteen. She was working in a factory during World War II when she met a photographer from the First Motion Picture Unit.

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Successful Pin Up Modelling Career

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.

Controversy

She faced a scandal when it was revealed that she had posed for nude photographs prior to becoming a star. But the story did not damage her career and instead resulted in increased interest in her films.

By 1953, Monroe was one of the most marketable Hollywood stars. She had leading roles in the film noir Niagara, which overtly relied on her sex appeal.

And the comedies Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and How to Marry a Millionaire, which established her star image as a “dumb blonde”.

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First Issue of Playboy

The same year, her nude images were used as the centerfold and on the cover of the first issue of Playboy.

She played a significant role in the creation and management of her public image throughout her career. But she was disappointed when she was typecast and underpaid by the studio.

She was briefly suspended in early 1954 for refusing a film project. But returned to star in The Seven Year Itch (1955), one of the biggest box office successes of her career.

Monroe’s Own Film Production Co

When the studio was still reluctant to change Monroe’s contract, she founded her own film production company in 1954.

She dedicated 1955 to building the company and began studying method acting under Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio.

Later that year, Fox awarded her a new contract, which gave her more control and a larger salary.

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Subsequent Roles Post 1954

Her subsequent roles included a critically acclaimed performance in Bus Stop (1956) and her first independent production in The Prince and the Showgirl (1957).

She won a Golden Globe for Best Actress for her role in Some Like It Hot (1959), a critical and commercial success. Her last completed film was the drama The Misfits (1961).

Monroe’s troubled private life received much attention. She struggled with addiction and mood disorders.

Marriage and Death

Her marriages to retired baseball star Joe DiMaggio and to playwright Arthur Miller were highly publicized, but ended in divorce.

On August 4, 1962, she died at age 36 from an overdose of barbiturates at her Los Angeles home.

Her death was ruled a probable suicide.

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Ruff Ryders Legacy Lives On

FOUNDING MEMBERS: JOAQUIN “WAAH” DEAN, DARRIN “DEE” DEAN, CHIVON DEAN

FOUNDED IN: 1997

GROUP ORGIN: YONKERS, NY

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Ruff Ryders Entertainment is a New York-based record label and management company, specializing in hip hop music. It was founded in 1988 by Chivon Dean and her brothers Dee and Waah, uncles of producer Swizz Beatz.

The misspelling is deliberate, and take-off of Theodore Roosevelt’s band of Rough Riders, the 1st Volunteer Cavalry Regiment during the Spanish-American War. 

Ruff Ryders’ founders were initially famous for managing rappers DMX and The Lox who became multi-platinum stars for Def Jam Recordings and Bad Boy Entertainment in the late-1990s.

After DMX’s success, the management company started its label imprint through Interscope Records, and had success with releases from female rapper Eve, former Bad Boy Records group

The L.O.X. and its main rapper Jadakiss, Drag-On, and newcomer Jin, winner of BET’s 106 & Park freestyle MC battle competition.

In 2010, founders Joaquin and Darin Dean decided to revamp the brand through a new venture known as Ruff Ryders Indy, as a Fontana/Universal affiliated distribution company.

In addition to Ruff Ryder Indy, other brands include Ruff Ryders Films, Powerhouse Recording Studios, NatPro, a promotional company, and RR Rescue.

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Michael Jordan vs LeBron James

Michael Jordan Versus LeBron James: Who Is the GOAT?

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“GOATs on GOATs”

Ever since LeBron James was deemed as The Chosen One, there has been a conversation about whether he could surpass Michael Jordan as the greatest of all time. LeBron grew up idolizing MJ. He dressed like him, wore his shoes, and studied his play style. Once he joined the league, he even donned the number 23.

LeBron recently appeared in his eighth straight NBA Finals series in 2018. He has ten in total and now holds a record of 4–6. Jordan, as we all know, has six rings in six appearances. Oftentimes, the rings argument is what puts MJ ahead of LeBron in debates on who is the GOAT. However, rings shouldn’t carry that much weight. If they did, the greatest player ever would be Bill Russell, who won 11 championships in his 13-year career.

From time to time, LeBron even busted out a Jordan classic: that famous turnaround jumper.

Who is considered the GOAT of basketball is important because of the impact one player can have on the game because basketball teams can completely be changed by one man.

The process of actually picking a winner between the two greatest basketball players of all time is ultimately going to be based on individual preference. Some simply prefer Jordan; others, LeBron. Little can be done to sway aligned voters, and the stretches presented above create yet another stalemate between the two. Jordan and LeBron did fundamentally different things on the court. Both proved that they were at least capable of matching the other.

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Michael Jackson, the King of Pop 1958 – 2009

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Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer, songwriter, and dancer.

Dubbed the “King of Pop”, and regarded as one of the most significant cultural figures of the 20th century.

Over a four-decade career, his contributions to music, dance, and fashion, along with his publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture.

His Influence on Artists

Jackson influenced artists across many music genres; through stage and video performances. He popularized complicated dance moves such as the moonwalk.

To which he gave the name, as well as the robot. He is the most awarded individual music artist in history.

The eighth child of the Jackson family, Jackson made his professional debut in 1964 with his elder brothers Jackie.

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The Jackson Five

Others were Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon as members of the Jackson 5 (later known as the Jacksons).

Jackson began his solo career in 1971 while at Motown Records. He became a solo star with his 1979 album Off the Wall.

His music videos include those for “Beat It,” “Billie Jean,” and “Thriller” from his 1982 album Thriller, credited with breaking racial barriers.

Jackson’s Success of MTV

He transformed the medium into an art form and promotional tool. He helped propel the success of MTV.

And continued to innovate with videos for the albums Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991), and HIStory: Past, Present, and Future, Book I (1995).

Thriller became the best-selling album of all time, while Bad was the first album to produce five U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles.

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Figure of Controversy

From the late 1980s, Jackson became a figure of controversy and speculation due to his changing appearance, relationships, behavior, and lifestyle.

He was in 1993 accused of sexually abusing the child of a family friend. The lawsuit was settled out of civil court; Jackson was not indicted due to lack of evidence.

In 2005, he was tried and acquitted of further child sexual abuse allegations and several other charges.

Jackson’s Death

The FBI found no evidence of criminal conduct on Jackson’s behalf in either case. In 2009, while preparing for a series of comeback concerts, This Is It, Jackson died.

He died from an overdose of propofol administered by his personal physician, Conrad Murray. Who was convicted in 2011 of involuntary manslaughter?

Jackson is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, with estimated sales of over 400 million records worldwide.

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Best Male Artist of All Time

He had 13 Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles (more than any other male artist in the Hot 100 era).

And was the first artist to have a top-ten single in the Billboard Hot 100 in five different decades.

He is regarded by the RIAA as the highest-selling individual music artist of all time worldwide. His honors include 15 Grammy Awards.

Awards

Others are 6 Brit Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and 39 Guinness World Records, including the “Most Successful Entertainer of All Time.”

Jackson’s inductions include the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (twice), the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

The Dance Hall of Fame (the only recording artist to be inducted), and the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame.

Earnings

In 2016, his estate earned $825 million, the highest yearly amount for a celebrity ever recorded by Forbes.

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