Before turning into one of the most well-known actresses of all time, Marilyn Monroe was an ordinary girl, Norma Jeane Mortenson. At this time, her hair was brown, and she was expected to live like everyone else: start a family, get a house, and have kids. She actually got married, and it happened very early, she was just 16 at that time.
What made her do it? Well, her childhood was not at all ideal; she lived in poverty and was often abused. Despite the fame that she got over the years, her later life didn’t make Monroe particularly happy, unfortunately. Monroe had difficulties with being seen all the time, and she also saw the huge difference between herself and that stunning person on the screen.
In addition to being strikingly beautiful, Marilyn was a very talented actress, too. She wasn’t like the characters she played: actually, she was intelligent and enjoyed reading very much. According to her colleague Shelley Winters, Monroe loved clever men, too.
Arthur Miller, who was Marilyn’s third husband, was undoubtedly brilliant. The press teased the newly married couple because they couldn’t believe that such a beauty could genuinely love the writer. Journalists simply didn’t see a bright future for the unusual new family. Sadly, it didn’t turn out to be a complete mistake.
Monroe left Miller in 1961, it coincided with the debut of her movie called The Misfits. Unfortunately, it became a commercial failure. As if all that wasn’t enough, she got lots of negative reviews for her performance as well. The critics found it to be blank and weak.
Sometimes Marilyn’s bad reputation was caused not at all by not being talented enough or flawed personality, but just anxiety. Another actor, Richard Widmark told the journalists that it was very hard to work with her because she refused to leave the dressing room. Others complained about her being nervous, insecure, and scared.
It actually looks like in the above-mentioned period, the actress’s mental state was very much undermined by the divorce, bad press, and other factors. As a result, people’s attitude towards her changed as well, some of them saw her as almost a psychopath. The person who came to her rescue during this awful period, was Joe DiMaggio, the baseball star and Marilyn’s ex-husband. This caused rumors that the couple got back together, and this wasn’t the first time when the public discussed these two.
Their marriage was relatively short but very intense. Rumor has it that the athlete didn’t like the profession of his wife. Apparently, he’d prefer her to stay at home all the time, and not be the sex symbol. This was unacceptable for Monroe.
For example, there’s a story connected to Monroe’s legendary photo in that flowy white dress. As you probably know, that brilliant image is from Billy Wilder’s film called The Seven Year Itch. Reportedly, DiMaggio was on the set at that moment, and he didn’t like what was happening there. Some people (for example, C. David Heymann, who wrote a book about it later) insist that the iconic Hollywood star was beaten up by her husband because of it. Unfortunately, this has happened to her before.
Norma Jeane Mortenson was born in 1926 in California. Her mother, Gladys Pearl Baker, suffered from mental illnesses and couldn’t raise a child. When the girl was about two weeks, her mother left her with foster parents Wayne and Ida Bolender, who were very religious. The artistic child, who loved playing different characters, singing, and dancing from a very early age, was forbidden to do all of that.
In 1933 her biological mother took the child back, but she wasn’t in a good enough condition. In a span of a year after the reunion, she had a breakdown and was hospitalized. Norma Jeane then went to a number of different foster homes and schools. She didn’t feel loved or truly cared for by the people from those foster families. She then was sent to an orphanage with awful conditions, where the children were forced to work, for example, wash dishes, knives, etc.
To escape from there, Marilyn married her 21-year-old acquaintance James Dougherty. Although this marriage wasn’t successful, it still let Norma Jeane become a legend, Marilyn Monroe, who still inspires and amazes people after all these years.