The myth of Marilyn: Marilyn Monroe biography
Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortenson (later changed to Baker) on June 1, 1926, in Los Angeles, to an unknown father and a mother racked with psychiatric problems.
Two weeks after her birth, she was placed with foster parents (Albert and Ida Bolender) for seven years, before coming under the guardianship of her "aunt" Grace, her mother's best friend. In 1942, at the age of 16, the then-brunette finished studying and married her neighbour James Dougherty, five years her senior.
But life as a housewife didn't fulfill the star in waiting and after her husband's enlisted in the marines, she found work in a factory. David Conover, an army photographer on a mission to take photos of women at work, noticed her and launched her modelling career. She made the cover of Frank magazine in 1945.
Her modelling agency, Blue Book, advised her to bleach her hair blonde. Then in 1946, Norma Jeane got divorced, and was on her way.