Marilyn Monroe Essay

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Kate Garrett Inside the mind of Marilyn Monroe: Search for identity Personality, Spring 2013 Leslie Mills Abstract Many speculate on whether is it nature vs. nurture that shapes our personality; both are very influential. Marilyn Monroe overcame a very difficult childhood filled with sexual abuse, abuse from her mother, and her own psychiatric disorder to become one of the world biggest sex icons. She had an electrifying personality, which drew people to her and ultimately led to her fame and success. This is an analysis of what made such an intoxicating personality. Early life Marilyn Monroe was born as Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926, in Los Angeles, California. She overcame a difficult childhood and became one of the world's biggest sex symbols. She never knew her father, and once thought Clark Gable to be her father, whom she idolized but this story never gained any merit. Gable never met or knew Monroe's mother, Gladys, who suffered from psychiatric problems and was placed in a mental institution when Norma Jeane was very young. As an adult she would maintain that one of her earliest memories was of her mother trying to smother her in her crib with a pillow. Monroe spent her childhood in foster care. She lived with a family friend for several years, which kept her in a very strict environment. Once back in foster care she was sexually assaulted and at sixteen was married to escape her torment. She dropped out of high school at fifteen. At age twenty she was discovered by a photographer and went on to have a very successful career as a model and an actress. She was born into a legacy of mental illness dating back to her great-grandfather who committed suicide. Both her grandmother and grandfather were institutionalized, as well as her mother—when Marilyn was only seven. She had a slue of failed relationships. Even rumored to

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