Norma Jeane...Marilyn Monroe.

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Norma Jeane

I did my report on Norma Jeane, also known as Marilyn Monroe. Norma Jeane was born on June 1, 1926 at the Los Angeles General Hospital. Her mother, Gladys, registered Norma in as Norma Jeane Mortenson. Norma Jeane never knew her father's identity. Since Norma's mother was mentally ill, Norma was fostered by Albert and Ida Bolender for seven years. Albert and Ida were very strict with Norma and tried hard to raise her as an obedient girl. In 1934, her mom, Gladys, cared for her for approximately one year until she passed away in 1935.

Once again, Norma Jeane was passed on to someone else, Grace McKee. Grace was the one to spoil Norma Jeane. Grace inspired Norma and taught her everything that she needed to know - from applying make-up to sitting like a lady with books balanced on her head. Unfortunately, Grace had some financial difficulties and was forced to be wed.

In 1935, Norma Jeane was admitted to an orphanage for two years. Grace frequently visited Norma and took her to the movies. After several years, when Norma was 12 years old, she went to live with Grace's aunt, Ana Lower. Then, Ana developed health problems and could not take care of Norma any longer. Norma went back to live with Grace and her Grace's husband, Ervin Goddard.

While living with the Goddard's, Norma met the neighbor boy, Jim Dougherty. On June 19, 1942, right after her 16th birthday, Norma Jeane and Jim were married. The ceremony took place at 8:30 p.m. in the home of Chester Howell. Unfortunately, Jim was called to military service and Norma Jeane moved in with her mother-in-law, Ethel. Ethel was working at Radio Plane and that is where Norma found work too. She would just spray down...