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Marilyn / Norma Jeane

(June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962) ~ In 1926 a girl was born in the charity ward at the Los Angeles County Hospital who would become one of the most celebrated and enduring icons of all time – Marilyn Monroe. Norma Jeane Mortenson’s childhood was volatile as she was passed from family members to family friends and frequently stayed in orphanages as a result of her mother’s mental health. To avoid another orphanage stay a family friend orchestrated a marriage proposal when she was sixteen years old. When her husband was sent to the Pacific with the merchant marine, Norma Jeane began working on an assembly line at an aeronautical plant. In 1945 a photographer took a snapshot of the stunning brunette while at the factory and within months she became a successful model securing dozens of magazine covers and a screen test with 20th Century Fox. Studio executives, directors and photographers immediately recognized her ability to capture and hold the attention of anyone on the opposite end of a camera lens. By the end of 1946 her hair had become a platinum shade of blonde and her name was changed to Marilyn Monroe.


Marilyn / Norma Jeane

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Gladys placed Norma Jeane in care of Albert and Ida Bolender As many families of this era, the Bolenders supplemented their income by taking care of children. For this, they received the sum of 25 dollars a month, either from the natural parents, or from the State of California. The Bolenders had a son, Lester, 2 months older than Norma Jeane, they had offically adopted. They were quite poor. Albert was a mailman and Ida dealt with the education of her son and the children she was in charge of.

Gladys often visited her daughter on week-ends and took care of her. Norma Jeane lived for 7 years with the Bolenders, in the four-rooms of their humble bungalow.

On Monday, December 6, Ida Bolender and Della Monroe had Norma Jeane baptized at the temple of Sister Aimée Semple MacPherson, a Pentecostal Minister, at the Four Square Gospel Church, located 4503 West Broadway in Hawthorn.

Born June 1, 1926 ~ "I was never used to being happy, so that wasn't something I ever took for granted. You see, I was brought up differently from the average American child because the average child is brought up expecting to be happy." -- MARILYN MONROE, 1954

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Norma Baker - 1942 Yearbook Photo

Norma Jeane's classmates were surprised when she announced that she was leaving school in order to get married. It probably haunted Marilyn her entire life that she did not stay and graduate from high school. Norma Jeane became Mrs. Dougherty on June 19, 1942.

Norma Jeane began attending University High School in February 1942.

Young Norma Jeane lived with Ana Lower on Nebraska Avenue some time after leaving the orphanage in 1937. Ana was the aunt of Norma Jeane's legal guardian Grace Goddard, who had been a close friend of her mother. In early 1940, Ana's health was suffering and she could no longer care for Norma Jeane. Norma Jeane went to live with Grace, her husband Doc and Doc's daughter Bebe. She attended Emerson Junior High School and graduated 9th grade in June 1941.

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Marilyn Monroe ~ Absolutely beautiful in every way.....This is the shot Tim chose for his first portrait of Norma Jeane. Truly iconic photo.

Norma Jeane Baker as a child.