The Inspiring Life Story of Marilyn Monroe

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Throughout American history, there have been many inspirational stories about young adults who have grown from an unstable childhood to a world famous actor or actress. These individuals have the most inspiring stories of how he or she overcame the loss of love from parents, or struggle from a hard life in fostercare to become a world famous icon. The story of Marilyn Monroe embraces this. Marilyn’s life story tells of how she grew from a childhood of lost love from both parents to become one of the biggest sex symbols alive.

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). From the time she was sent away to foster care Marilyn had believed “that her mother did not want her and that she always got in the way” (Woog 7). After years in foster care Marilyn went to live with her mother in 1933. (Woog 8).

Throughout her life, Marilyn went through many marriages and many divorces. Marilyn attended Van Nuys High School but dropped out at the early age 14 to marry (“Marilyn” Scribner online). Afte...

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