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.
Brought into harsh conditions Marilyn rarely spent time with her mother, and no time with her father (“Marilyn Monroe 1”). Monroe experienced brutal conditions starting at the age of two when she was nearly smothered to death, and almost raped at the age of six. Also through her rough childhood she was tossed through numerous foster homes and an orphanage (“Marilyn Monroe 2”). To avoid another orphanage stay at the age of sixteen, a family friend organized a marriage proposal (“Marilyn Monroe 3”) After marriage, “Norma Jeane took the job in an airline plant, part of world war II factory effort, and worked first as a parachute inspector, than as a paint sprayer” (Lewis). As Monroe had a brutal childhood, she also had challenging relationships with her family members.
Her mother, grandmother, and grandfather all had a history of mental disorders and her great grandfather committed suicide by hanging himself, while her uncle left to run errands and never came back (Spoto, 1993, p. 31, 55). Her mother, Gladys Pearl Monroe Baker, married and divorced twice and left her two older children to their neighbors (Spoto, 1993, p. 8). Both Marilyn’s mother and grandmother were divorcees, but were dependent upon men (Spoto, 1993, p. 2). When Marilyn was only two weeks old, Gladys left her under the care of foster parents, Ida and Albert Bolender. Her early life was secure and infused with strict Christian morals.
It may come as a surprise to some people, but Marilyn Monroe did not start out how it would seem. In fact, Marilyn Monroe was not even her name. Norma Jeane Mortenson was born on June 1st, 1926 as a brunette. Her mother was not married and suffered from mental issues and breakdowns. As a result, Norma lived in a number of foster homes until her moms’ best friend, Grace Mckee, took her in for a little while.
In 1933, after Norma’s 7th birthday, her mother took her back from foster care and decided that she would try raising her on her own. They never had a stable place to live and Norma wasn’t used to the rowdiness and all the drinking in her new home. Several months later Gladys began to be very depressed and avoid all the people around her. She was unable to deal with her life and entered a rest home and then the hospital. The rest of Norma’s life would now be filled with chaos since she didn’t have anywhere to go besides foster homes.
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).
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Her real mothers name is Gladys Mortenson and died of Paranoid Schizophrenic. She was then left to foster homes. ( Taraborrelli.) Marilyn Monroe spent most of her years in foster homes. She was left behind just when she was a baby.
Marilyn got her talent from an avid movie fan, her mom Glady Mortensen, whom she looked up to as a role model (“American National Biography Online: Monroe, Marilyn”). With her perfect complexion, dazzling smile and big blue/ gray eyes, many people knew she was a star from birth (“50 Years Later Marilyn Monroe Still Influences Fashion and Beauty”). Grace Mckee, the woman who took care of Marilyn once her mom wasn’t able to anymore, said to her, “Don’t worry Norma Jean. You’re going to be a beautiful girl when you get big...an importan... ... middle of paper ... ...ears Later Marilyn Monroe Still Influences Fashion and Beauty.” NewsOk.com. N.p., n.d Web.