Marilyn Monroe Essay

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Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend Who was America's biggest sex symbol? Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, model, and singer, who became a major sex symbol, starring in a number of commercially successful motion pictures during the 1950s and early 1960s. During her all-too-brief life, she overcame many hardships and heartbreaks. With her infamous blonde hair and witty personality, millions have fallen in love with her beauty and talent. Marilyn Monroe, born on June 1, 1926, in Los Angeles as Norma Jean Mortenson. Her mother was Gladys Pearl Baker. There are still many stories surrounding the father of Marilyn. Many of them stated that Clark Gable was allegedly the father, but there is no evidence that Gable ever met Gladys. Soon after Marilyn was born, her mother was diagnosed with psychiatric problems and was taken to a mental hospital. Monroe later claimed that she had vivid memories of her mother trying to smother her in her crib with a pillow multiple times. Marilyn spent much of her time in foster cares and orphanages. In 1937, a family friend took care of her for a few years, being paid $25 weekly by Monroe's mother. When the husband's job got transferred, they couldn't' afford to take Marilyn with her. At 7 years old, Monroe returned to a life in foster homes. On many occasions, she was sexually assaulted. She also admitted later on in her career that she had been raped when she was 11 years old. The only want out of that horrible house was to get married. She was soon wedded to Jimmy Daugherty at age 16, but also dropped out of school at age 15. Considering Daugherty was a marine, he was moved to the South Pacific leaving Monroe to go back to her old job. She was soon discovered by a photographer. By the time Daugherty returned in 1946, Marilyn had a successful career as a model & had changed her

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