Purpose: At the end of my speech, the audience will be able to understand who Marilyn Monroe really was.
Thesis: Marilyn Monroe was a contradiction within herself.
Introduction: In todayâ€™s world of supermodels and actresses that are praised the thinner they get, we forget that there was a time when the world idolized women such as Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe, neither of which would ever fit in todayâ€™s world of the perfect woman ideal. Marilyn seemed to live every little girlâ€™s dream of making it in Hollywood. Anthony Summers states in his book Goddess that she was a woman who â€œpostured as the worldâ€™s mistress, yet yearned for monogamy and motherhood.â€ (Summers 4) Unfortunately, she died at the age of 36 never really achieving what she wanted. Long after her death she is still seen as one of Americaâ€™s first sex idols. We will touch on three important but varied ways of her life, the sometime dark childhood with the threat of insanity, her life a whirlwind of marriages and love affairs, and ultimately, her untimely and sorely uninvestigated death.
Transition: So who was Marilyn Monroe?.
I. Marilyn Monroe had a disruptive childhood. .
A. She was born Norma Jeane Morteson to Gladys Baker in June of 1926. .
1. She was the youngest of three children. .
2. She lived two months with her mother before she was left to be raised by her motherâ€™s landlords, the Bolenderâ€™s.
B. Norma Jeane was baptized Norma Jeane Baker by her maternal grandmother, Della Monroe. .
1. Della would visit the child from time to time at the Bolenderâ€™s. .
2. Fred Guiles states in his biography of Marilyn that â€œan incident involving Norma Jeane and her grandmother occurred during the summer of 1927â€ that would later enter the â€œMarilyn canon of deprivation and horrorâ€. (Guiles 12) Her grandmother seemed to have the murderous impulse to suffocate the young girl.