This Day in Jewish History Goodbye, Norma Jeane

While Marilyn Monroe’s life ended tragically, its happier moments included marriage to playwright Arthur Miller and a 'sincere' conversion to Judaism.

On August 5, 1962, actress Marilyn Monroe was found dead in her home in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles, California. She was 36 years old, and the cause of death was, according to the autopsy later done, “acute barbiturate poisoning.” Few knew at the time she had undergone a Reform Jewish conversion prior to marrying playwright Arthur Miller under the chuppah.