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Norma Jean Mortenson (Marilyn Monroe) (Baker)

Also Known As: "MM", "The Blonde Bombshell", "Marilyn Monroe", "Norma Jean", "Norma Jeane Mortenson"
Birthplace: Brentwood, Los Angeles, California
Death: August 05, 1962 (36)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States (Acute barbiturate poisoning)
Place of Burial: Los Angeles, CA, United States
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 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
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About Marilyn Monroe

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Marilyn Monroe was born June 1, 1926 at 9:30 a.m., in Los Angeles General Hospital. Named Norma Jeane Mortenson, she often went by the name Norma Jeane Baker in her youth. She took on the name Marilyn Monroe legally in 1956, although she had been using the name professionally for many years.

Her father's identity is unknown at the current time. On paper, Martin Edward Mortensen (although her name was spelled, "Mortenson" on the birth certificate), was her legal father, and her mother Gladys' then husband (her second marriage). However, Gladys was also involved with Charles Stanley Gifford in 1925, and was estranged from Mortensen (they married in 1924, the marriage fell apart and Gladys left in 1925, and although Mortensen sought reconciliation, Gladys refused, and the divorce was granted uncontested in his favor in 1928). Gladys discovered her pregnancy in late 1925.

In a reliable biographical source on Marilyn Monroe, the book, "My Sister Marilyn," by Berniece Baker Miracle (Marilyn's half-sister), and Mona Rae Miracle (her niece), Berniece recalled a conversation with her mother, Gladys, in which Gladys described Marilyn's father as, "an important man in the movie industry," and claimed Marilyn's father was not Edward Mortensen. However, Mortensen made numerous attempts to see his daughter. He died in February 10, 1981 always believing he was Norma Jeane's father.

Norma Jeane's legal guardian began using the surname "Baker," on legal documents, the surname of Gladys' first husband, for Norma Jeane, to divert Mortensen from making contact with Norma Jeane.

What is known about Marilyn Monroe is she has 30 films credited to her name (the last one not completed due to her death).

Marilyn was married at 16 to James Dougherty, then to Joe DiMaggio in 1954 for nine months, and lastly, to Arthur Miller, from 1956 to 1961. Although she became pregnant, she never carried a child to full term, and was saddened by her difficulties to become a mother.

Marilyn Monroe's body was found during the early morning hours of August 5, 1962, in her bedroom of her secluded home in Brentwood, California, a Los Angeles suburb. She was 36 years old.

The cause of her death, per the death certificate, was listed as "acute barbiturate overdose," as a result of "probable suicide." However, since her body was found, the cause of Marilyn Monroe's death, as well as the possible motives behind it, have remained contested and debated within circles ever since.

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Marilyn Monroe's Timeline

June 1, 1926
Los Angeles, California
August 5, 1962
Age 36
Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States
August 8, 1962
Age 36
Los Angeles, CA, United States