|Norma Jeane Mortenson, aka Marilyn Monroe|
Marilyn was born Norma Jeane Mortenson June 1, 1926 in Los Angeles, California. She endured a difficult childhood that was anything but glamorous, instead filled with insecurity and instability. She spent her adolescence in and out of foster care and an orphanage. In spite of her immense vulnerability and extreme odds being cast against her, Norma Jean went on to become one of the world's biggest and most enduring sex symbols, Marilyn Monroe.
"Being a sex symbol is a heavy load to carry, especially when one is tired, hurt and bewildered." –– Marilyn Monroe
|DiMaggio in 1950|
On January 14, 1954, Marilyn Monroe married Joe DiMaggio. Theirs was the romance of the century: stunning Hollywood actress marrying all-American baseball legend. At this point in time, Marilyn Monroe was already mesmerizing those around her quickly becoming the newest up-coming starlet. The tall, handsome hero of the country’s national pastime had captured the heart of a starlet who would become one of Hollywood's most famous actresses.