In late 1944, photographers from the U.S. Army Air Forces' First Motion Picture Unit were sent to the Radioplane factory to shoot morale-boosting photographs of young women helping the war effort.

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After spending much of her childhood in foster homes, Monroe began a career as a model, which led to a film contract in 1946 with Twentieth Century-Fox. Her early film appearances were minor, but her performances in The Asphalt Jungle and All About Eve (both 1950) drew attention.


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