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Marilyn Monroe

            Marilyn Monroe left an amazing legacy on the world, as the most famous woman of the twentieth century. Her career as an actress lasted sixteen years; she made twenty- nine films, twenty- four in the first eight years of her career. Marilyn incarnated Hollywood glamour with an unmatched glow and stamina that captivated the world. There are many very different opinions about her life, and many unanswered questions about her death. .
             Marilyn Monroe was born as Norma Jeane Mortenson, on June 1, 1926, at 9:30 AM, in the Los Angeles General Hospital, in Los Angeles California. Her mother Gladys Baker, listed the fathers address as unknown, Norma Jeane would never know her father. With no father in the picture, Norma Jeane Mortenson was baptized as Norma Jeane Baker. Gladys had been a film cutter at RKO studios, but psychological problems kept her from keeping the job. .
             Norma Jeane was placed in the foster home of Albert and Ida Bolender; she lived her for the first seven years of her life. She then lived briefly with her mother, but Gladys began to show signs of mental depression, and was admitted into a rest home. Norma Jeane was shipped once again from one foster home to another. She suffered mental, physical and sexual abuse from her caretakers. She was then sent to an orphanage for two years. .
             Grace McKee a close friend of her mother's, took care of Norma Jeane. Grace was engaged for marriage in 1935 to Ervin Silliman Goddard. Norma Jeane finally felt security, but shortly after her sixteenth birthday, Grace and her husband were moving to the East Coast, and were not able to take Norma Jeane with them. She was given two choices, return to the orphanage or get married. .
             Norma Jeane married her twenty one-year-old neighbor, Jimmy Dougherty, on June 19, 1942, just two weeks after her sixteenth birthday. She had been dating Jimmy for six months; he was her high school sweetheart. They loved each other and were happy together, until Jimmy joined the Merchant Marines and was shipped off to the South Pacific in 1944.

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