Monroe signed with Twentieth Century-Fox in 1946, but after a year with the studio had only managed two bit parts because production chief Darryl Zanuck thought she was unattractive.
She then joined Columbia Pictures in 1948, but her contract wasn't renewed, and she went on the "party circuit" to look for work – according to author Barbara Leaming, "a brutal, degrading, sometimes dangerous business. At times, the men become violent. On one occasion, Marilyn found herself in a bedroom, with two men holding her down while a third tried to rape her. Somehow, she managed to break free..."
She would go on to become one of the 20th century's most revered cultural icons.