Norma Jeane Dougherty
(1946, a nineteen years old Marilyn Monroe)
Foster homes and orphanages
Marilyn was born Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926 in Los Angeles, California, to Gladys Baker. As the identity of her father is undetermined, she was later baptized Norma Jeane Baker. Gladys had been a film cutter at RKO studios, but psychological problems prevented her from keeping the job and she was eventually committed to a mental institution.
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. Norma Jeane had two options: return to the orphanage or get married. The story follows on Retro Ways – Vintage Fashion and History.
- Marilyn Monroe, Being What She Perceived The World Wanted Her To Be. More pictures and a biography of Marilyn were posted on Sexuality and Love in the Arts.
- Rare, famous and beautiful photographs of her all throughout her life and career are here (160+). Few, but nice pictures are on We Heart Vintage.
- See also my collection of pictures of a 19 years old Lady Gaga!
- And more pictures of a young Marilyn Monroe on The Incredible Tide @Facebook.