Remembering Marilyn Monroe on her 49th death anniversary

It’s the 49th death anniversary of Marilyn Monroe, a Golden Globe Award-winning American-Norwegian actress, who had become one of the most popular Hollywood movie stars of the 1950s and early 1960s. Born as Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926 in Los Angeles, California, she was later baptized Norma Jeane Baker.

Norma Jeane spent most of her childhood in foster homes and orphanages until 1937, when she moved in with family friend Grace McKee Goddard. Unfortunately, when Grace’s husband was transferred to the East Coast in 1942, the couple couldn’t afford to take 16-year-old Norma Jeane with them.

On June 19, 1942 she wed her 21-year-old neighbor Jimmy Dougherty, whom she had been dating for six months. By all accounts Norma Jeane loved Jimmy, and they were happy together until he joined the Merchant Marines and was sent to the South Pacific in 1944. After Jimmy left, Norma Jeane took a job on the assembly line at the Radio Plane Munitions factory in Burbank, California. Several months later, photographer David Conover saw her while taking pictures of women contributing to the war effort for Yank magazine. He couldn’t believe his luck. READ MORE.

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Posted on August 6, 2011, in Hollywood Buzz and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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