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Norma Jean Baker (Mortensen)

Also Known As: "MM", "The Blonde Bombshell", "Marilyn Monroe"
Birthplace: Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., CA
Death: Died in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States
Cause of death: Acute barbiturate poisoning
Place of Burial: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Martin Edward Mortensen and Gladys Pearl Monroe
Ex-wife of James Edward Dougherty; Joe DiMaggio and Arthur Miller
Half sister of Robert "Jackie" BAKER; <private> Miracle (Baker) and Kermitt Baker

Occupation: Actress, model, comedian, film producer, singer-actress (biological father is unknown, but some believe it to be Stanley Gifford), Movie Star, Filmskådespelerska
Managed by: Colleen Rose Keenan
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Immediate Family

About Marilyn Monroe

The legal father of Marilyn Monroe was Martin Edward Mortensen.

Marilyn Monroe, born Norma Jeane Mortenson, and baptized Norma Jeane Baker.


Marilyn Monroe's mother was employed by a motion picture company and was a film cutter.

Marilyn Monroe's career as an actress spanned 16 years. She made 30 films (her last never completed), 24 in the first 8 years of her career. Due to her mother being a single parent, baby Norma Jeane was placed in the home of Della Hogan's neighbor, Albert and Ida Bolender, with Gladys having lived there with Norma Jeane for the first two months of her life, before returning to work from maternity leave. It was here Marilyn lived the first 7 years of her life, with her mother. In the 1930 census, Norma Jeane and Gladys are listed as boarders.

In 1932, Norma Jeane lived with her mother in a house that Gladys had purchased.

The stress of life caught up with Gladys Monroe through a serious of personal tragedies: her mother died of Malaria in 1927, her grandfather Tilford died by self-inflicted hanging in 1933 when he was 82 years old, Then Gladys lost her job with the movie studio.  And by January of 1934 she had a nervous breakdown.

Grace McKee, a close friend of Gladys since 1921 took over the care of Norma Jeane as legal guardian in 1935.

Grace had her relatives and relatives of Norma on the monroe side help take care of her.

In September 1941 Norma Jeane when she met Jim Dougherty. Norma Jeane married Dougherty on June 19, 1942.

Dougherty joined the Merchant Marines in 1943 and in 1944 was sent overseas. Norma Jeane, while working in a factory inspecting parachutes in 1944, was photographed by the Army as a promotion to show women on the assembly line contributing to the war effort. One of the photographers, David Conover, asked to take further pictures of her. By spring of 1945, she was quickly becoming known as a "photographers dream" and had appeared on 33 covers of national magazines.


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Marilyn Monroe's Timeline

June 1, 1926
Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., CA
June 19, 1942
Age 16
Los Angeles, CA, USA
September 13, 1946
Age 20
January 14, 1954
Age 27
October 27, 1954
Age 28
June 25, 1956
Age 30
July 1, 1956
Age 30
January 20, 1961
Age 34
August 5, 1962
Age 36
Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States
August 8, 1962
Age 36
Los Angeles, CA, USA