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Marilyn Monroe's Life, Focusing Mainly On Her Marriage To Playwright Arthur Miller

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Norma Jeane Mortenson was born on the first of June, 1926, in the charity ward of the Los Angeles General Hospital to Gladys Baker. Due to the identity of her father being undetermined, she was later baptized Norma Jeane Baker. Most of the childhood of Norma Jeane was spent in foster homes and orphanages since her mother had psychological problems that eventually led to her becoming committed to a mental institution.In 1937, Norma Jeane was taken-in by family friend, Grace McKee Goddard. However, in 1942, Grace's husband was transferred to the East Coast and were financially forced to leave Norma Jeane behind. Norma Jeane was now faced with two options: return to the orphanage or get married.On June 19, 1942, at the age of sixteen, Norma Jeane wed her 21-year-old neighbor and good friend, Jim Dougherty. Unfortunately, Jim joined the Merchant Marines and in 1944, was sent to the South Pacific. Now that Jim was away, Norma Jeane began feeling lonely so she started working on the assembly line at the Radio Plane Munitions factory in Burbank, California.Norma Jeane had always dreamt of being in the spotlight and it appeared to her that this was about to come true. A photographer, David Conover, took pictures of her for Yank magazine and then began sending modeling jobs her way. Within two years, Norma Jeane was a reputable model and had her face on the covers of numerous popular magazines. She studied the work of legendary actresses and enrolled in drama classes to follow her dreams of stardom.However, in 1946, Norma Jeane had to choose between her marriage to Jim (he wanted her to settle down and be a housewife) and pursuing her career. Norma Jeane divorced Jim Dougherty in June of 1946 and signed her first contract with Twentieth Century Fox on August 26, 1946. Soon after, Norma Jeane dyed her hair blonde and changed her name to Marilyn Monroe (Monroe being her grandmother's last name). Marilyn played small parts in numerous movies until 1950 when The Asphalt Jungle provided her with a small but influential role. Later the same year, Marilyn's performance as Claudia in All About Eve earned her further praise. It was her performance in 1953's Niagara that delivered her to stardom and led to numerous leads in popular films.On January 14, 1954, Marilyn married baseball legend Joe DiMaggio at San Francisco's City Hall. However, this marriage was destined to fail as well. Joe was unable to handle the fact that his wife was ogled by men all over as she was becoming a sex symbol of that time. Nine months later, on October 27, 1954, Marilyn and Joe divorced but remained close friends.Marilyn was now ready to shed her "shallow blonde" image and moved to New York City to study serious acting. It was here that she met and fell in love with playwright Arthur Miller. Meeting in secret for nearly a year until Miller's divorce was finalized, the two were married in private on June 29, 1956.Two weeks following the marriage, Miller and Monroe flew to England were...

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