She had been dealing with her mental health while trying to maintain her career and it ended up in a tragedy. Marilyn was dismissed from working for Fox because of her change in personality, due to her ill mental health, which likely aided in her untimely death (Wills). Despite this Monroe left her family a way to be cared for, “In her will, Monroe set up a trust to care for her mother until she died. She left money to her half-sister who Monroe didn't even know existed until she was 12” (“Monroe’s Legacy”). She was a skilled actress and a kind woman, even if she was marketed as a purely sexual star.
Marilyn Monroe was considered a popular sex symbol during the 50s. First having success as a model, and then actress, and singer, she was able to do it all in a talented way. She was able to overcome a difficult childhood without her parents, and eventually become the star she is known as today. In a short time Marilyn was able to live her life to the fullest, having the fame, and enough love affairs to last a century. However, she couldn’t completely get away from her past, getting involved with drugs, and having a mental breakdown.
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).
In this paper, I will explain how (subordinating) Marilyn Monroe changed people’s lives and became one of the most recognized faces in the world. On July 1, 1926 Norma Jeane Mortenson was born. Jeane was born from a broken family her mother had a mental illness and her father was abusive. The responsibility fell on a friend of her mother. According to Barbra Leaming, who wrote Monroe’s biography, “It was 'Aunt Grace' who first encouraged Norma Jeane to believe that she was destined to be a star like Jean Harlow."
Monroe never felt she belonged anywhere and she was sexually assaulted as a young girl (“Biography” 1). It can be inferred that Monroe’s feelings of abandonment and her negative encounters with men during her youth led to her desperate thirst for the spotlight and her modern sense of sexuality. Although she attended Van Nuys High School, sixteen year old Monroe dropped out to marry James Edward Daughtery, an aircraft production worker ... ... middle of paper ... ... sexuality, her confidence to speak her mind, and her desire for knowledge. Marilyn Monroe was a positive influence on women and men alike and is still relevant today. To understand Marilyn Monroe’s impact as America’s sex symbol one must know where she came from and what events shaped her, read critical reviews of her career as an actress, and she the impact she has had on women.
Gladys was admitted into a "rest home" in Santa Monica. Norma Jeane soon after got sent to live with her mother's best friend Grace McKee. Grace loved Norma and would always tell her that someday she would be beautiful and a famous movie star (Wikipedia). Grace was planning on getting married a year later and was running into some financial difficulties so Norma was sent to live in an orphanage. She lived there from September of 1935 until June 1937.
(2) Marilyn’s mom was Gladys Monroe Baker Mortenson. (6) When Marilyn was born her mom was sent to an institution for mental health on behalf of her being diagnosed with paranoia schizophrenia. (6) Marilyn says “I knew I belonged to the public and to the world, not because I was talented or even beautiful, but because had never belonged to anything or anyone else.”(8) This quote reflects on how she was treated and also how she felt when she was in foster care. When Marilyn was a child she felt unwanted, she would try to replace her mother and father through marriages and attaching herself to her foster families. (9) When Marilyn was young she was molested by her mother’s new husband.
Marilyn Monroe was more than just a popular movie star; she was a public icon who was frequently misunderstood. Marilyn Monroe’s early life was one full of great hardship. “Marilyn was born Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926, and spent most of her childhood in foster homes and orphanages” (“Monroe,” Encyclopedia 1). Her mother, Gladys (Monroe) Baker Mortenson, worked as a film splicer; and often visited Norma in the foster homes ("Monroe," Notable 1). Marilyn spent most of her life without a stable mother, and mental illness tended to run in her family.
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 was considered a sex symbol, a determined female icon, and a great actress. She had a very tough life, and faced many challenges, yet she kept moving forward with confidence. Noted for her various movies, photographs, and modeling career, Marilyn made a name for herself during the 1960’s. she was the type of woman you could see helping everyone in her way. She was Longing for love in her life, and was divorced multiple times.