50 Rarely Seen Photos of Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, model, and singer. Famous for playing comedic “blonde bombshell” characters, she became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s and early 1960s and was emblematic of the era’s changing attitudes towards sexuality.

Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, comedienne, singer, and model. She became one of the world’s most enduring iconic figures and is remembered both for her winsome embodiment of the Hollywood sex symbol and her tragic personal and professional struggles within the film industry.

Her life and death are still the subjects of much controversy and speculation. She was born Norma Jeane Mortenson at the Los Angeles County Hospital on June 1, 1926.

Her mother Gladys Pearl Baker was a film-cutter at Consolidated Film Industries. Marilyn’s father’s identity was never known.

Because Gladys was mentally and financially unable to care for young Marilyn, Gladys placed her in the care of a foster family, The Bolenders. Although the Bolender family wanted to adopt Marilyn, Gladys was eventually able to stabilize her lifestyle and took Marilyn back in her care when Marilyn was 7 years old.

 

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However, shortly after regaining custody of Marilyn, Gladys had a complete mental breakdown and was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic and was committed to a state mental hospital.

Gladys spent the rest of her life going in and out of hospitals and rarely had contact with young Marilyn.

Once Marilyn became an adult and celebrated as a film star, she paid a woman by the name of Inez Melson to look in on the institutionalized Gladys and give detailed reports of her progress. Gladys outlived her daughter, dying in 1984.

Marilyn was then taken in by Gladys’ best friend Grace Goddard, who, after a series of foster homes, placed Marilyn into the Los Angeles Orphan’s Home in 1935.

Marilyn was traumatized by her experience there despite the Orphan’s Home being an adequate living facility. Grace Goddard eventually took Marilyn back to live with her in 1937 although this stay did not last long as Grace’s husband began molesting Marilyn.

Marilyn went to live with Grace’s Aunt Ana after this incident, although due to Aunt Ana’s advanced age she could not care properly for Marilyn.

Marilyn once again for the third time had to return to live with the Goddards. The Goddards planned to relocated and according to law, could not take Marilyn with them. She only had two choices: return to the orphanage or get married. Marilyn was only 16 years old.

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1. “Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.”

 

2. “A wise girl knows her limits, a smart girl knows that she has none.”

 

3. “Fame is like caviar, you know — it’s good to have caviar but not when you have it at every meal.”

 

3. “We should all start to live before we get too old.”

 

4. “If there is only one thing in my life that I am proud of, it’s that I’ve never been a kept woman.”

 

5. “I am trying to find myself. Sometimes that’s not easy.”

 

6. “Millions of people live their entire lives without finding themselves. But it is something I must do.”

 

7. “It’s not true I had nothing on, I had the radio on.”

 

8. “I have too many fantasies to be a housewife. I guess I am a fantasy.”

 

9. “I don’t mind living in a man’s world as long as I can be a woman in it.”

 

10. “I’ve been on a calendar, but I’ve never been on time.”

 

11. “If I’d observed all the rules, I’d never got anywhere.”

 

12. “Dreaming about being an actress is more exciting than being one.”

 

13. “If you can make a girl laugh, you can make her do anything.”

 

14. “Dreaming about being an actress, is more exciting then being one.”

 

15. “A career is wonderful, but you can’t curl up with it on a cold night.”

 

16. “Men are so willing to respect anything that bores them.”

 

17. “It’s better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone — so far.”

 

18. “A woman knows by intuition, or instinct, what is best for herself.”

 

19. “Husbands are chiefly good as lovers when they are betraying their wives.”

 

20. “There isn’t anybody that looks like me without clothes on.”

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