She was born Norma Jeane Mortenson but later be given her mother’s name, and baptized Norma Jeane Baker. But she become better known around the world as the glamorous actress and sex symbol Marilyn Monroe. After a tumultuous childhood that saw both maternal grandparents and her mother committed to mental institutions, young Norma Jeane lived with a string of foster families. She married one of her neighbors, James Dougherty, when she was 16. A photographer “discovered” the naturally photogenic Norma Jeane while she was working in a California munitions factory, and she was soon launched into a successful modeling career. She divorced Dougherty in June 1946 and soon after signed a film contract with 20th Century Fox.
Michael Thomas Barry is the author of numerous books that includes Fade to Black Graveside Memories of Hollywood Greats, 1927-1950. The book was awarded a silver medal at the 2011 Readers Favorite International Book Awards and was the winner of the 2013 Beverly Hills Book Awards. The book can be purchased from Amazon through the following link:
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