Marilyn Monroe: beginning to end
Marilyn Monroe was an iconic American actress, singer and a model. She starred in a number of commercially successful motion pictures during the 1950s.
"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
Marilyn Monroe was born on June 1st, 1926 in Los Angeles with a birth name, Norma Jeane Mortenson. She was named after Norma Talmadge, ranked among the most popular of screen idols the early to mid-1920s. Her mother, Gladys (Monroe) Baker Mortensons was a movie loving film company employee on the RKO lot. She grew up without a father. Her biological father abandoned her mother after knowing about her pregnancy with Norma Jeane. She grew up without formally meeting her father.
When she was two years old, her mother boarded her to a devoutly religious couple, Wayne and Ida Bolender. Her mother worked hard to pay for the Bolenders to take care of her. Spending her childhood at the Bolenders shaped her religious belief. Norma Jeane's grandmother, Della Monroe took her to church on Sundays. By the age of 5, she spent her childhood living in a variety of foster homes. The Bolenders and her grandmother Della Monroe showed her a family.
The following years were a change of luck with Gladys. Gladys earned enough money to move near Hollywood Bowl. She took young Norma Jeane from the Bolenders. At the time, Gladys was working as film cutter in Columbia Pictures. While living with her mother, she spent most of her time watching movies at Grauman's Egyptian theater but also at Grauman's Chinese theater. Her mother works as film cutter at Columbia Pictures.
When Norma Jeane was 7 years old her mother Gladys (Monroe) Baker Mortenson was hospitalized and diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenic. The English couple adopted her first after her mother was hospitalized. Eventually the couple returned to England and she was moved in some of her neighbor, the Harvey Giffens.
Giffens was willing to adopt Norma Jeane but Gladys refused. Instead, Norma Jeane's legal guardian was Grace McKee - Gladys' friend.
On September 13th 1933, Grace got married with Ervin "Doc" Goddard - that forced her to bring Norma Jeane to the Los Angeles Orphans Home Society. In the interview with Marilyn Monroe, she said that her experience in the Orphanage was horrible and lonely. She never wished to come back or even thought of it.
Norma Jeane was taken from the orphanage by Grace by 1937. At that time Grace was married and had a family. But after that, she was placed to a foster home again and Norma said living with the foster home is horrible that's why the couple decided to keep Norma as their child. Later that year, Norma Jean was adopted by Ana, Grace Maiden's aunt. Ana greatly influenced Norma Jeane with her religious belief.
Marilyn Monroe as a Teen
At the age of 13, Norma Jeane attended Emerson Junior High School. During that time, she grew up as beautiful young lass. Boys called her "Norma Jeane the Human Bean" because of her rail-thin torso.
In September 1941, she entered Van Nuys High School. Unfortunately at that time, Doc Goddard received a job promotion; his family was required to relocate at West Virginia living Norma Jeane behind. Aunt Ana aged 61 was too old to take care of her.
In order to escape going back to the orphanage, at the age 16, she married Jim Dougherty and spent her marriage life with happiness.
Marilyn Monroe's Humble Beginning
During the course of their marriage, Norma Jeane husband Jim joined the Merchant Marine as a physical-training instructor. The couple moved to Catalina Island. The following year, Jim moved overseas. Norma Jean lived with Jim's mother and began work at the Radio Plane Company in Burbank.
After few months of work in the year 1945, she was discovered by an Army photographer David Conover who visited the plant to shoot photographs of women working to aid the war effort. During that time, Norma Jean Dougherty was asked by Conover to model for his series of photographs for Yank Magazine. The dashing shots of the 18 year old Norma Jean Dougherty had lead to her career as a model.
She was said to have a natural and wildly ability to use the camera to bring out her innate glamour and beauty.
Marilyn Monroe: The Discovery
"Hollywood is a place where they'll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul." Marilyn Monroe
Norma Jean posed more of Conover's project. Being Conover's freelance model, she was only paid five dollars an hour. Conover's work, including some photos of Norma Jeane appeared regularly in Yank magazines, Stars magazine and Stripes magazine.
Norma Jeane was blessed with natural charisma. According to Conover, she chose Norma Jean to post for his pictures because the woman's eyes held something that touched and intrigued him.
After Norma Jeane's discovery, she was asked by a commercial photographer named Potter Hueth to work on "spec"- Hueth would shoot some photos of her and publicize it to various magazines.
Norma Jeane agreed. Every night after her shift at the defense plant, she posed for Hueth's photographs. Norma Jeane modeling career quickly progress. With the help of Emmeline Snively, Norma Jeane improved her ability in front of the camera.
In the early autumn of 1946, Norma Jean and her husband divorced. But it didn't stop Norma Jean in fulfilling her dream of becoming a star.
Norma Jeane appearance in Pinup Magazines has contributed a lot in her success as a movie star.
Norma Jeane to Marilyn Monroe
"I used to think as I looked out on the Hollywood night, 'There must be thousands of girls sitting alone like me, dreaming of becoming a movie star. But I'm not going to worry about them. I'm dreaming the hardest. " Marilyn Monroe
Unsure of her future, Norma Jeane was determined to learn and improve to become the brightest star. Norma Jeane's screen presence astounded various important people in the film business. In August of 1946, Norma Jeane Dougherty signed her first movie contract. She and her associates celebrate the good fortune and the first movie contract. Her name was change to Marilyn Monroe because her associate Lyon got the name from Marilyn Miller, a stage actress from the 1920s. The last name Monroe was suggested by Norma Jeane. They were glad with the alliteration. Lyon said that double "M" was a lucky omen.
Marilyn Monroe: The Stardom
"I'm not interested in money. I just want to be wonderful" Marilyn Monroe
As her career continued to progress, many columnists were impressed by Marilyn Monroe's ambition than by her lack of experience. They saw a young lady willing to improve with determination that was remarkable. After playing extra roles in various films, finally she got her first speaking role in the film, Scudda-Hoo Scudda-Hay. She played a leading role in Ladies of the Chorus, where she showed her talent in singing.
Marilyn Monroe starred in a lot of films. Some of these were Niagara, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and How to Marry a Millionaire. Her undying dedication to work has pushed her to become a serious actress. She studied at the world's famous Actor's Studio in New York. She received various awards. One of these awards is 1953 World Film Favorite Female at Golden Globe Henrietta Award.
Death of Marilyn Monroe
"All I want is to be loved, for myself and for my talent" Marilyn Monroe
On the night of August 4th 1962, Marilyn Monroe died of a sleeping pill overdose. Speculations and humors flooded the incident. She died at the age of 36. The world was shocked by her sudden lose. Many still search for answers about her death.
Marilyn Monroe, as attested to by the people who knew her is a compassionate woman. Her desire to be loved and have a family signified a woman with loving heart. Marilyn Monroe is adored by millions of fans. Until now, she remains the most recognizable person on Earth; even by those are not Americans. Truly, Marilyn Monroe is forever.