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.
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).
She never knew father and her mother tried to kill her when she was in was in her crib and by smothering her with a pillow. She spent most of her life in a foster care. In 1937 a family friend and her husband took care of her for many year because they took her. At 7 year old Marilyn Monroe went back to the orphanage at 7 years old. She was sexually assaulted and she got raped when she was 11 years old.
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.
Marilyn Monroe is an icon that is idolized by many and had a great impact on pop culture. She didn’t have the best childhood and had a lot of up and downs in her life. Marilyn Monroe was born in California in 1926. She was named Norma Jeane Mortenson after a popular actress at the time. Her mother Gladys Baker was mentally ill, so she had to put Monroe in foster care.
She is known for her movies and for her promiscuous love life. She was born Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926, in Los Angeles, California (Marilyn Monroe Biography, 2010). She was born to a mother who had severe psychiatric problems and an unknown father. Her mother was institutionalized for her psychiatric problems and Marilyn was put in foster care (Marilyn Monroe Biography, 2010). She bounced around in foster homes until age 16 when she married her first husband Jimmy Doughtery (Marilyn Monroe Biography, 2010).
Lucille dyed her brown hair blond and moved to Hollywood, California, the place where dreams had come true for so many actors and actresses (Biography.com). The newspaper in Lucille’s hometown of Jamestown, New York made a big deal about her starring in this movie, writing big articles that everyone read. Lucille found herself becoming a “local celebrity” overnight (Ball 64). Her small role in Roman Scandals opened other doors, landing her other roles in other films. Her second big break came when Lucille got a role in the movie Roberta and got a contract for up to three years with the studio that produced the movie.
She then surprised everyone by leaving Hollywood. To the press and the public, Monroe’s move to New York City at the end of 1954 came as a shock. A look at the many reasons behind her move makes neither the decisions nor the timing surprising at all. Monroe’s decision reflected her growing dissatisfaction with her public image and with the press and studio that perpetuate that image. In 1959, at the Golden Globe Awards, one of her films got her the award for “Best Actress in a Comedy.” The last film she was able to complete was “The Misfits” in 1961.
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.
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.