Marilyn Monroe Essay

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Norma Jeane: Marilyn Monroe’s Worst Fear Marilyn Monroe was an actress, singer, and model during the 1950s, and through public image, seemed to have it all. Throughout her career she starred in dozens of movies, covered many magazines, and performed for thousands of audiences. To this day, when we think about Ms. Monroe, she seemingly represents everything that is glamorous about Hollywood. She was one of the most recognized actresses of her time, and was considered the biggest movie star in the world. She was the beauty that graced the very first issue of Playboy Magazine, a woman who was among the first to set up a film production company, and a talented and sexy blonde that brought sex appeal to movies –and wasn’t afraid of the negative and critical attention. In the contemporary moment, we remember Marilyn Monroe but more often forget Norma Jeane. Norma Jeane is the creator of Marilyn Monroe and the woman behind the monster. With an extensive family history of mental illness, Norma Jeane envisions a new identity to stem away from the branches of her family tree. Marilyn Monroe is remembered as a singer who could serenade listeners with her voice, an actress who made films more permissive of sex and a model who became a well-known sex symbol, however, a deeper look into the star’s life reveals a harsh reality of a mentally ill woman with a dark past and an even darker future. In order to understand Marilyn Monroe, we have to first meet Norma Jeane. Marilyn Monroe was born as Norma Jeane Mortensen on June 1, 1926. Her mother, Gladys Baker, was mentally ill and frequently had mood swings and delusions. Norma Jeane’s grandmother, Della, was also mentally ill and passed away in a mental institution in August 1927. Della’s husband, Otis, was taken to a mental hospital for “syphilis of the brain” when Gladys was a little girl and he died soon after.

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