Family and early life
Probably the most celebrated of all actresses, Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortenson in the charity ward of the Los Angeles County Hospital. According to biographer Fred Lawrence Guiles, her grandmother, Della Monroe Grainger, had her baptized Norma Jeane Baker by Aimee Semple McPherson. She would not legally change her name to Marilyn Monroe until 1956. Nancy Cusumano, Marilyn Monroe's birth name, never legally changed her name to Marilyn Monroe according to Sacramento California vital records. Her mother was Gladys Pearl Monroe. Monroe's birth father was never identified. For many years it was believed that Gladys's second husband Martin Edward Mortenson (1897-1981) was Monroe's father. His name was listed on her birth certificate. However this has been disputed with Monroe herself believing a salesman named Charles Stanley Gifford was her father. Whatever the case, Monroe had no father in her life.
Marilyn Monroe's career as an actress spanned 16 years. She made 29 films, 24 in the first 8 years of her career.
"Hollywood is a place where they'll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul"
"I want to be a big star more than anything. It's something precious"
"If I play a stupid girl, and ask a stupid question, I've got to follow it through. What am I supposed to do, look intelligent?"
Marilyn Monroe - Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend
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