A Psychological Case Study of Marilyn Monroe
Norma Jean, most famously known as Marilyn Monroe was a famous actress in Hollywood that was one of the biggest sex symbols to come by in the 1900’s. Marilyn Monroe did not start out as an actress or one of the world’s biggest sex symbols, she began her career as a model. Monroe began work in a weapons factory in Burbank, California, where she was later discovered by a photographer. She was married to her first husband Jimmy Dougherty who was a marine. Jimmy had been deployed for some time and when he returned in 1946, Monroe had a fruitful career as a model, and she also changed her name from Norma Jean Baker to Marilyn Monroe in preparation for an acting career (Cinnamon, 2015). She visualized of becoming a great actress like her role models Jean Harlow and Lana Turner.
It was said that Monroe dealt with a lot of issues and that she had pre-performance anxiety, which explains why she was never punctual for her film sets because the anxiety would make her physically ill. She also had borderline personality disorder. She sought out to create this ultra-image of herself and to be someone entirely new. She dyed her hair, changed her name, and became someone that she thought everyone would love and did not care if she was hurting herself by becoming this person or not (Cinnamon, 2015).
Norma Jean Baker was born on June 1, 1926 in Los Angeles, California. Monroe did not have an easy life growing up. She never knew who her father was and her mother had psychological problems which eventually led her into a mental institution to receive help. With both of her parents out of her life Monroe was placed in the foster care system and bounced around from p...
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...hort-term marriages. She was just someone that wanted to be loved unconditionally that is why she strived so hard for greatness and to be admired. She was loved on the big screen by her acting and also by being this huge sex symbol. She was loved and admired but at the end lost herself because she tried so hard to portray an image that she created. It would have been a lot easier for her to just be herself but perhaps she did not want to portray herself because she did not want be vulnerable. By becoming someone else I feel gives a little cushion because she is not being as open with the world, so in return “we” as in the people in the world could not hurt her as much as she hurt herself.
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