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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Norma Jean Marries Baseball Legend

This Day in History: January 14, 1954

Norma Jeane Mortenson, aka Marilyn Monroe
mid-1950s, en.wikipedia.org
For some of you, the name Norma Jeane may not ring a bell but once I mention Marilyn Monroe its tone will surely be loud and clear.

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
en.wikipedia.org

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.