The rest of Norma’s life would now be filled with chaos since she didn’t have anywhere to go besides foster homes. In 1935, when Norma was nine her mother was declared legally insane. Grace McKee, Gladys’ best friend; applied to be Norma’s legal guardian. While waiting for the court to appoint a new guardian, she was sent to live in the Los Angeles Orphans Home until she was eleven. In 1937, McKee and Ervin “Doc” Goddard married and became Norma’s guardian.
Grace was captivated by Jean Harlow, a superstar of the twenties, and Marilyn would later say:"and so Jean Harlow was my idol." Grace was to marry in 1935 and due to financial difficulties, Norma Jeane was placed in an orphanage from September 1935 to June 1937. Grace frequently visited her, taking her to the movies, buying clothes and teaching her how to apply makeup at her young age. Norma Jeane was to later live with several of Grace's relatives. In September 1941 Norma Jeane was again living with Grace when she met Jim Dougherty, 5 years her senior.
Her early life was secure and infused with strict Christian morals. Marilyn felt unwanted because her biological mother left her, and her foster mother rejected her. Her foster mother only allowed Marilyn to call her “Aunt Ida,” as she was never her mother (Spoto, 1993, p. 20). Marilyn was later taken back by her biological mother and started living with her mother’s good friend, Gra... ... middle of paper ... ...miscarriages, she may have also had premenstrual dysphoric disorder, which caused “changes in sleep, appetite, and libido” (Beidel, Bulik, & Stanley, 2013). She also had histrionic personality disorder because of her “pervasive pattern of excessive emotionality and attention seeking, beginning by early adulthood” (Beidel, Bulik, & Stanley, 2013).
Marilyn Monroe When someone mentions Marilyn Monroe, one usually thinks off the seductive all-American sex goddess who captured the world with her woman-childlike charm. Yet not many know her as the illegitimate child who endured a childhood of poverty and misery, sexual abuse, and years in foster home and orphanages. Most people don’t realize that her disrupted loveless childhood may been the main reason to her early death. Norma Jeane Baker’s father, Edward Mortenson, had deserted her mother, Gladys Baker neè Monroe, before she was born on June, 1 1926, in the charity ward of Los Angeles General Hospital. Due to Gladys’ instability and the fact that she was unmarried at the time, Norma Jeane was placed in a foster home.
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.
Marilyn Monroe Many people said that Marilyn Monroe was a great inspiration in their lives, but through my research, I found out that she was everything but an inspiration. Throughout my report, I will give you many facts about Marilyn’s rough life and what she did to handle them. Marilyn Monroe, AKA Norma Jean Mortenson/Baker, was born at Los Angeles General Hospital at 9:39 am on June 1st, 1926. The hospital in which she was born is now the County University of Southern California Medical Center. Marilyn was born an illegitimate child whose father (Edward Mortenson) had deserted her mother (Gladys Baker).
She had awful memories from her childhood, which she could recall all too well. Marilyn’s mother was a film cutter at RKO studies, who was mentally ill, widowed, and had abandoned Marilyn to a series of foster homes (Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962)). The identity of her father has remained a mystery, but some have claimed that it was Martin Edward Mortenson, and others have sad Charles Gifford. Her mother was mentally ill, and so not ready to take of Marilyn when she came home from the hospital, therefore her mother sent her off to foster care for the next few years. Later on, she reclaimed Marilyn, but a subsequent mental breakdown, forced her to be institutionalized at the state hospital (Marilyn Monroe).
Robert Baker died August 16, 1933, his cause of death was a kidney failure. Gladys couldn’t take care of Norma so she was put into a foster home. Robert and Bernice were not put in a foster homes because their father, which was had taken them with him. The reason why the mother couldn’t take care of them was that she was mentally and financially ill. Norma Baker had spent seven years of her life in a foster home with her foster parents. Ida Bolender, Albert Wayne Bolender, and Norma Jeane Baker all lived together in Hawthorne, California.
Marilyn Monroe was a Hollywood icon, maybe even a legend, but who was this luminous woman, and was the happy woman that everyone knew capable of killing herself? On June 1, 1926 a woman named Gladys Monroe Baker had a little girl named Norma Jeane. Gladys’ mental instability led to Norma Jeane being in and out of several foster homes where she was mentally, sexually and physically abused. Finally she moved in with her mothers friend Grace Goddard who was the one person who truly cared for and inspired Norma in her young life. Grace told Norma how beautiful she was and that someday she would be an actress.
Her mother Gladys Baker was mentally ill, so she had to put Monroe in foster care. She lived in a foster home until she was seven years old. She had two other siblings from her mother’s first marriage. She never met them because her mom’s first husband took them to live with him in Kentucky. Monroe went to live with her mom’s good friend.