Marilyn Monroe was considered the ultimate sex symbol of the 1950s and early 60s. She was born in Los Angeles and was raised under the name Norma Jeane Baker. In the early 1940s Marilyn became a successful model and was featured in many magazines. She was noticed by movie executives and was signed to a long term film contract with 20th Century Fox in 1950. In 1952 Marilyn Monroe caught the attention of the entire United States when nude photos of her were published in a calendar.