Marilyn Monroe Radio Days Men's 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.