“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.
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). Foster care was the only home life she had for her first seven years of life. She lived under the care of Albert and Ida Bolender. They were a very religious and strict family. Whenever she spoke of her child hood she would say they were the worst times of her life while she was living with them.
She was born to a mother who had severe psychiatric problems and had an unknown father. Her mother was institutionalized for her psychiatric problems and Marilyn was put in foster care (“Marilyn Monroe Biography,” 2010). She bounced around in foster homes until age 16 when she married her first husband Jimmy Doughtery (“Marilyn Monroe,” 2006). She was looking for a stable relationship, one which she never had growing up (“Marilyn Monroe: The Case Reviewed,” 2009). The rest of her life she seemed to bounce around, from many quick marriages, to always looking for something different with her career.
Marilyn’s mother was in a mental institution for most her life that’s why she wasn’t eligible to take care of Monroe as a young child. Marilyn Monroe suffered with depression for a lot of her life. It hit her especially when her mother died. She didn’t really have a well relationsh...
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The emotionally tearing and psychologically damaging relationship with her mother escalated to the point where her mother even told her she wished she had aborted Shirley. Roberta Rubenstein makes a great point in her work: House Mothers and Haunted Daughters: Shirley Jackson and Female Gothic, of the mental stress her mother put on her as a child that carried on throughout her life. Rubenstein says, “Throughout her life, Shirley was distressed by her mother’s profound insensitivity to her actual personality, combined with persistent attempts to control her unconven... ... middle of paper ... ...Nov. 2013. . Jackson, Shirley. The Lottery.
Gladys was a film cutter, who had her daughter unmarried, which at the time was seen as a not normal, and horrible thing. Marilyn Monroe had to face a difficult childhood to become the sex symbol she is known today. She never knew her father, and her mother, Gladys had psychotic issues, and was sent to live in a mental hospital. Marilyn said that earliest memories of her mother was her trying to suffocate her with a pillow. This caused her to live most of her life in a foster home, or an orphanage.
The rest of Norma’s life would now be filled with chaos since she didn’t have anywhere to go besides foster homes. In 1935, when Norma was nine her mother was declared legally insane. Grace McKee, Gladys’ best friend; applied to be Norma’s legal guardian. While waiting for the court to appoint a new guardian, she was sent to live in the Los Angeles Orphans Home until she was eleven. In 1937, McKee and Ervin “Doc” Goddard married and became Norma’s guardian.