Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson; June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962) was the 20th Century’s greatest sex symbol. Her childhood with a mentally unstable mother was rough, punctuated by spells in foster homes and an orphanage. Her father was notable only by his absence.
Norma never was adopted from the Los Angeles Orphans Home. Incapable of caring for Norma, Gladys refused to formally let her daughter go. For a while Norma lived with Gladys’ friend, Grace McKee, but when she married “Doc” he allegedly attempted to molest her. Doc stayed. Norma was shunted out to her great-aunt Olive Brunings. Olive’s son also, as is alleged, sexually abused her. So. Norma moved again, this time to live with her aunt, Ana Lower. That failed. And in 1942, 16-year-old Norma returned to Grace’s home.
After working as a photographic model, very soon Hollywood and a new life beckoned…