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.
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During her early years she overcame many hardships. Marilyn's father deserted the family before her birth, so she spent most of her childhood not knowing her father's identity. There are two possibilities - Edward Mortenson, who was named on her birth certificate, and Stanley Gifford, who worked with her mother Gladys. Marilyn moved between many foster homes, when her mother was sent to a mental hospital after developing psychiatric problems. Eventually, Grace McKee, her mom’s best friend, became her guardian.
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). Her parental absence, history of sexual assault, and constantly moving as a child, and her failed marriages also affected her personality, which all caught up to her and eventually led to her suicide. Works Cited Beidel, D. C., Bulik, C. M. & Stanley, M. A. (2013). Abnormal psychology (3rd ed.).
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