Norma Jeane Mortenson, Marilyn Monroe was born on June 1, 1926 at 9:30a. in the hospital of Los Angeles, California. She died on August 5, 1962 caused of an over dose of sleeping pills. She was 36 years old at the time of her death. Marilyn Monroe's nickname was the blonde bombshell. Marilyn Monroe's childhood was described as unhappy because she was in a lot of foster homes and had alleged sexual assault. At the age of seven Norma began to live with her biological mother for a while, but her mother was then admitted to a rest home in 1934 because she was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. After this occurred Monroe went to live with a friend of her mothers, Grace, until Grace got married. Norma was then sent to live in an orphan home in Los Angeles, where she spent two years in. In 1941 Marilyn returned with Grace and her Husband to live with. In 1934, the foster family was renting a room to an actor known as Mr. Kimmel. When Marilyn became an adult she claimed that she was sexually assaulted by Mr. Kimmel, but her foster mother said that she did not believe that Kimmel would do that. .
In 1942, Grace and her husband were having money difficulties and decided to move to the east coast, but did not want to take Norma with them. So, they convinced Norma to marry the neighbor, Jim Dougherty, a 21 year old. On June 19, 1942 Norma was only 16 years old when she married Jim. They got married at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Chester Howell in Westwood, California. The short wedding ceremony was officiated by Reverend Benjamin Lingenfelder of the Christian Science Church. Their reception was at Florentine Gardens in Hollywood. In 1943 Jim joined the Merchant Marines and then was shipped to the Pacific war. He joined because he wanted to be able to support Norma. In the mid 1944 Norma was an inspector of parachutes and painted planes.
One day a photographer named Private David Conover offered Norma a modeling position where she would be paid five dollars and hour.