Marilyn Monroe - A Picture For Every Year of Her Life

By | December 21, 2016

Marilyn Monroe Was Flawless

Come with us on a journey through the life of Marilyn Monroe - In Photos. This series of pictures of the famous actress and sex symbol give us an up-close look at the life of Marilyn Monroe, formerly Norma Jeane Mortenson, in a way we haven't seen her before. 

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We selected one photo from each year of her life -- some iconic photos as well as amazing rare photos of her -- as we chronicle her tumultuous childhood, her rise to super-stardom, and her untimely death

One thing is certain, timing is everything, and that was sure the case with the story of the discovery of Norma Jeane and her transition into one of Hollywood’s most glamorous leading ladies, Marilyn Monroe. She was the quintessential blonde bombshell, a sex symbol, and the very essence of the Golden Age of Hollywood. But her life wasn’t always one of fame and glitz. As the story goes, she unknowingly walked past Bruno Bernard on Sunset Boulevard during the summer of 1946. Struck by her beauty, he gave her his card and the rest is history...


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Norma Jeane Mortenson, also known as Marilyn Monroe, was born on June 1, 1926, in Los Angeles, the third child of Gladys Pearl Baker. Gladys, the daughter of Midwest farmers, moved to California and married a man nearly ten years older than her, John Newton Baker. After having Robert in 1917 and Berniece in 1919, Gladys filed for divorce. Gladys’ second husband was Martin Edward Mortenson, who she also divorced. The father of Norma Jeane remains unknown and, as a young actress, she used Baker has her last name.