Failure to Success: Walt Disney and Marilyn Monroe

Walt Disney

Walt Disney was born on December 5, 1901. He created his first animation company in Kansas City in 1921. He was later forced to dissolve his company. Later, in 1927, he created Mickey Mouse, but was told that the idea will not work, that having a giant mouse on the screen would terrify women. At one point, he could not pay his rent and was surviving by eating dog food.

Disney suffered from anger and depression through many trials in his life, yet he learned from each mistake and continued to take big risks which led to outstanding financial rewards. He died in December 15, 1966 from lung cancer, but he left back a legacy which includes tons of animated short films, The Walt Disney Company, parks, and animation studio that bear his name.

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe’s birth name was Norma Jeane Mortenson. She was born on June 1, 1926, in Los Angeles, and was an actress and model. Monroe was famous for playing the “dumb blonde” characters. She was one of the most popular sex symbols of 1950s. Before her career started, lots of agency told Monroe that she was not a model, and should be a secretary instead. and She spent her childhood in foster homes and orphanages. Monroe married for the first time at the age of 16. At one point, she worked in a factory as part of the war effort in 1944, then met a photographer and began pin-up modeling career. Her modeling led to two short-lived film contracts with Twentieth Century-Fox and Columbia Pictures. By the time of her death, Monroe’s films grossed $200 million. She died at the age of 35 from an overdose of barbiturates at her home on August 5, 1962.