Marilyn Monroe Diamonds Girl's Best Friend T-Shirt. At 16, Marilyn Monroe escaped her old life by marrying a 21-year-old
aircraft plant worker, Jim Dougherty, who she divorced four years later. By
this time she had begun modeling bathing suits and, after bleaching her
hair blonde, posed for pin-ups and glamour photos. Howard Hughes tried to
get her a screen test but was beaten to the punch by 20th Century-Fox, who
signed her to a contract - at $125 per week for six months - and changed her
name to Marilyn Monroe.