It may come as a surprise to some people, but Marilyn Monroe did not start out how it would seem. In fact, Marilyn Monroe was not even her name. Norma Jeane Mortenson was born on June 1st, 1926 as a brunette. Her mother was not married and suffered from mental issues and breakdowns. As a result, Norma lived in a number of foster homes until her moms’ best friend, Grace Mckee, took her in for a little while. Grace set her up to marry James Dougherty at the age of 16 to avoid another orphanage. James, a 21 year old air-craft plant worker, helped her escape her old life, however, she felt like the marriage meant nothing. “She felt as though she had been forced into a loveless marriage with no emotions” (Chuck). Although, she didn’t seem too distraught about this as her modeling career began. In 1945, a photographer took a stunning shot of her on the beach and within months she was a successful model securing dozens of magazine covers. Chuck Leddy states, “photographers loved her because getting good shots was such a breeze” (Leddy). She had that natural glow that made her stand out from all the rest of the models. By the end of 1946, her hair became platinum blonde and her name was changed to Marilyn Monroe. As a teen, she was very average looking, not very popular and too shy to ...
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