Marilyn Monroe

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  • Birth of Marilyn Monroe

    Birth of Marilyn Monroe
    Norma Jeane Mortenson better known as Marilyn Monroe was born in Los Angeles, California to her mother Gladys Pearl Monroe. Charles Stanley Gifford is often assumed to be her father, though the identity remains uncertain. Gladys registered the surname Mortenson on Norma Jean's birth certificate, using the name of her ex-husband and specifying his address as unknown.
  • Childhood

    Gladys gave her daughter to a couple of strictly religious foster parents, Wayne and Ida Bolender. Paying them $25 a month, Gladys moved away for work, only seeing her daughter on weekends. Monroe spent most of her childhood in foster homes and an orphanage.
  • First marriage

    First marriage
    Marilyn’s first husband was James Dougherty, a Los Angeles police officer. They began dating in January 1942 and were married in June of that year, just 18 days after Marilyn celebrated her 16th birthday. But after Jimmie enlisted in the Merchant Marines in 1943, things were to change. He was soon called up for overseas duty. While James was still stationed overseas in September 1946, Norma Jean filed for divorce.
  • The beginning of her career

    The beginning of her career
    She was working in a factory during World War II when she met a photographer and began a successful pin-up modeling career, which led to short-lived film contracts with 20th Century Fox and Columbia Pictures.
  • Career

    After a series of minor film roles, she signed a new contract with Fox in late 1950. Over the next two years, she became a popular actress with roles in several comedies, including As Young as You Feel and Monkey Business, and in the dramas Clash by Night and Don't Bother to Knock.
  • Second and third marriage

    Second and third marriage
    In 1954 Marilyn got married to JoeDimaggio, and in 1956 she got married to Arthur Miller. Both marriages weren't successful and she got divorced with both men.
  • Death

    Monroe had suffered from mental illness and substance abuse for several years prior to her death. She died of a barbiturate overdose late in the evening, August 4, 1962. Her body was discovered before dawn on Sunday, August 5.