(9) When Marilyn was young she was molested by her mother’s new husband. (10) This event caused her a lot of emotional and physical scarring. Later on in Marilyn’s life, she decided to change her name to Norma Jean Baker. (1) Marilyn dropped out of high school her sophomore year. (6) Girls in her time rarely attended college but Marilyn studied at UCLA.
Due to Gladys’ instability and the fact that she was unmarried at the time, Norma Jeane was placed in a foster home. At the age of 7, Norma Jeane lived briefly with her mother. Gladys began to show signs of mental depression, and a year later she was admitted to a rest home. Norma Jeane was then placed with a family friend for a year until being placed in another orphanage for another two years. Norma Jeane was once heard to reflect on this time and say: "The world around me then was kind of grim...I had to learn to pretend in order to...I don’t know.. block the grimness.
Due to her mother's unstable mental health, and the fact that she was not married at the time Norma Jeane was sent to live in foster care (The Mmm Girl). Foster care was the only home life she had for her first seven years of life. She lived under the care of Albert and Ida Bolender. They were a very religious and strict family. Whenever she spoke of her child hood she would say they were the worst times of her life while she was living with them.
Introducing the birth of “Marilyn Monroe”; she had innocence about her, but also the sexual prowess that caused quite a stir in 1950s Hollywood. This new look is what ended up putting her on the map to being a living legend. It took Marilyn a few years, of doing small bit parts in movies, but she worked hard and managed to get noticed by the public and the studios. During this time Playboy la... ... middle of paper ... ...ble suicide.” (Litman1996). She had obtained prescriptions for sleeping pills, and had taken enough pills to kill anyone, and had then started calling people to tell them she was in deep trouble.
Gladys was a film cutter, who had her daughter unmarried, which at the time was seen as a not normal, and horrible thing. Marilyn Monroe had to face a difficult childhood to become the sex symbol she is known today. She never knew her father, and her mother, Gladys had psychotic issues, and was sent to live in a mental hospital. Marilyn said that earliest memories of her mother was her trying to suffocate her with a pillow. This caused her to live most of her life in a foster home, or an orphanage.
Later on, she reclaimed Marilyn, but a subsequent mental breakdown, forced her to be institutionalized at the state hospital (Marilyn Monroe). When she was fifteen years old, she married a merchant marine named Jimmy Dougherty on June 19TH, 1942, and she began modeling. Her and her husband divorced in 1946, and that is where her career took its first turn (Marilyn Monroe Biography). After Monroe and her first husband divorced, she signed her first movie contract, with 20th Century Fox, but they let it lapse a year later. She also studied acting at the Actors’ lab in Hollywood, and that is where the contract came from.
Grace told Norma how beautiful she was and that someday she would be an actress. But when Norma was only sixteen Grace was married and had to move to the East Coast but could not afford to take Norma with her. So then Norma had to choose to go back to the orphanage and foster homes or marry James Dougherty her twenty one year old boyfriend who she’d been dating for only six months. The marriage was doomed right from the start because James was sent to the South Pacific with the merchant marines and Marilyn aspired to be more the Mrs. Norma Jeane Dougherty. She had said “ I have too many fantasies to be a housewife....
Marilyn Monroe, a famous actress, who has influenced the rest of the world. June 1, 1926 in Los Angeles, California Norma Jeane Mortenson was born. She never knew her father and her mother is Gladys Baker, Gladys has psychiatric problems and was placed into a mental institution. One of Monroe's earliest memories of her mother is Gladys trying to smother her with a pillow in her crib (“Marilyn Monroe.”). As she grew up, she spent most of her time in eleven foster homes and one orphanage.
Marilyn left a legacy though, through many movies, and very public relationships, the nation got to see every side of her. Her beauty made her a goddess, but her faults made her human. Norma Jean Baker was born to Gladys Baker and an unknown father, in 1926 in Los Angeles, California (“Biography” 1). Not even two weeks after she was born she was put in a foster home when her mother was institutionalized because she was mentally ill, and consequently she couldn't take care of her daughter (Henriksen). Soon after going through numerous orphanages and foster homes she was adopted by Grace McKee, which was her mother’s best friend (Biography par.
Marilyn Monroe was born June first 1926 in Los Angeles California. Marilyn was a foster child because her mother suffered of mental illness. Her real name was Norma Jeane Mortenson. She changed her name to Marilyn Monroe march 1956. Marilyn’s father didn’t want to meet her, his name was Stanley Gifford.