Norma Jeane Mortenson Everyone's heard of the stereotype; blonde bombshell. Well no better woman to fit those shoes then the world famous Marilyn Monroe. Marilyn Monroe, was born Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926, in a Los Angeles General Hospital to Gladys Mortenson. Her birth certificate lists her father as unknown, and for the duration of her life he will stay unknown. 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).
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 was born as Norma Jeane Baker on June 1 1926 (“Marilyn Monroe” Bio online) to Gladys Pearl Baker who was a film technician (“Marilyn” Scribner online). Marliyn never completely knew either of her parents as a young child. Marilyn’s mother Gladys suffered from extreme mental illnesses and couldn’t parent Marilyn as she should (Peterson online). Glady’s also never had a close bond to Marilyn’s father C. Stanley Gifford (Marilyn Grolier 170), therefore, Marilyn was never introduced to her real father (“Marilyn Bio online).” Due to her mother suffering from a severe mental illness and the lack of attention from her real father, Marilyn spent many years with an alternate family. “Shortly after birth Norma Jeane (Marilyn Monroe) was sent 16 miles away to foster care” (Peterson online).
In other word, she had no father to support throughout her childhood and her mother who was struggling financially as a teen mom that often neglect the time to take care of Billie. Therefore, Billie's childhood was missing love from both parents. Aside from that, Billie traveled from place to place along with her mother in order to survive. For example, Billie's mother worked as a server on the passenger railroad. Holiday was take care by her half-sister aunt named Martha Miller.
As a young girl she was raised by her grandparents because of her father's alcoholism, and untimely death. Her father left shortly after she was born and died later, unexpectedly of cerebral hemorrhaging, and her mother died of breast cancer. Pickfords first job was an assistant seamstress at age 6, to help pay for living expenses. Eleven years later she toured as a vaudeville actress. Once on broadway she acted in “The Warrens of Virginia” and many more.
When Helen was older she went to Radcliffe College. Anne “read” her all the texts that were not available in Braille. This eventually caused Anne to completely lose her sight. A year after Helen graduated from Radcliffe, Anne married John Macy, but their marriage soon broke up because Anne was too dedicated to Helen. Anne’s vision began to deteriorate to the point that she could no longer be sure where she was going in unfamiliar places.
"I want to grow old without face-lifts; I want to have the courage to be loyal to the face I have made. Sometimes I think it would be easier to avoid old age, to die young, but then you would never complete your whole life, would you? You would never wholly know yourself." Marilyn Monroe stated in the younger days of her life. Although this statement didn’t come true, Marilyn Monroe had a memorable life filled with many ups and downs.
Due to her mother's mental instability and the fact that she was unmarried at the time, Norma Jeane was placed in the foster home of Albert and Ida Bolender. It was here she lived the first 7 years of her life. In 1933, Norma Jeane lived briefly with her mother. Gladys begin to show signs of mental depression and in 1934 was admitted to a rest home in Santa Monica. Grace McKee, a close friend of her mother took over the care of Norma Jeane.
Lousy would just stare at them with a shy look and wondered why they always did this to her. She didn’t even know any of them. She never new a single name in her high school and here’s why. Lousy’s worst nightmare was when her parents told her she was going to be moving to Franktown. Where most of there family lived for many years, but her parents had decided to move from there when they were having a child and now they have no home so there going to go live with there grandmother.
Childhood is described as the early stage of existence of something. Bertha Kaye Batt Gibbons was born on May 5, 1960, she lived in an old broken down home that lacked heat and electricity (Snodgrass p35). Kaye was born in Nash County in North Carolina. She was the youngest child of her family; however, she was mainly raised by her grandmother, Martha. Kaye was raised by her grandmother because in March 1970, her mother committed suicide by an overdose of pulse suppressing drug digitals (Snodgrass.p35).