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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.