Norma Jeane Mortenson’s was born on June 1, 1926 at 9:30 a.m. in the Los Angeles County Hospital. Norma’s father was identified as Edward Mortenson on her birth certificate, but it was unlikely that he was actually her father. The other possible father was C. Stanley Gifford, a co-worker of Norma’s. Norma’s mother was Gladys Pearl Monroe Baker. Norma was the third child that Gladys birthed. Although Norma’s mother birthed her, her mother was very unstable and mentally ill. Taking that into consideration, Gladys could not take her of her children, so her bestfriend Grace Mckee became her guardian. Mckee was an inspired woman by Jean Harlow who was an American film actress and sex symbol of the 1930s. By the age nine, Mckee allowed Norma to wear makeup and curl her hair until Mckee married and sent Norma to an orphanage. Norma was sent to live with her great aunt Olive Brunings where it was said she was sexually assulted by Olive’s son, which led to her later behaviors in live, being substance abuse.
At 16, she escaped her old life and married a 21-year-old aircraft plant worker, Jim Dougherty, who she divorced four years later. By this time she had begun modelling bathing suits and, after bleaching her hair blonde, posed for pin-ups and glamour photos. Howard Hughes tried to get her a screen test but 20th Century-Fox had already signed her a contract at $125 per week for six months. During this time is when Norma changed her name to Marilyn Monroe. After appearing in small films such as “Love Happy” and “All about Eve”, Monroe became famous in 1953. She appeared in “Niagara”, “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” and “How to Marry a Millionaire”. In that year she met Jo DiMaggio. Later she appeared in a nude spread in a Playboy issue. Monroe had hit stardom after that, the nude spread went viral and came into conflict with her studio so she agreed to admit she did it in struggle to pay her rent. The struggling actress then got sympathy from the publicity of the event.
In 1954, Monroe eloped with DiMaggio, a union which only to last up to eight months. Before filming “There’s No Business Like Show Business” and “The Seven-Year Itch” with her classic memorable scene, standing over the subway grafting, with her skirt billowing. On the grounds of mental cruelty, Monroe applied for divorce from DiMaggio. He secured Monroes release form the Payne Whitney Psychiatric Mental Clinic in 1961. After undergoing psychoanalysis, Monroe’s work began to slow down. In 1956 she remarried to Arthur Miller, then divorcing him four years on. In that time period she began her use of abusing pills and alcohol, and suffered from two miscarriages.
In 1957 she starred in “The Prince and the Showgirl” with Laurence Oliver. The movie in which “A Week with Marilyn” (2011) was based off of. After a year off in 1958, Marilyn returned to filming in a smash comedy “Some Like It Hot”. She had an affair in 1960 with Yves Montand when she appeared in “Let’s Make Love”. Her husband Miller’s film “The Misfits”, was to be her final film. Work was being interrupted by her…