Marilyn Monroe - A Picture For Every Year of Her Life

People | June 19, 2018

Written by Marion Wijnberg

Come with us on a journey through the life of Marilyn Monroe - In Photos. This series of pictures of the famous actress ans 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. 

Marilyn Monroe Was Flawless

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...


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.

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Marion Wijnberg


Marion lives in Ohio and has two grown children and one grandson. As well as loving the time she gets to spend with them, she also enjoys rescuing animals. Marion currently has 2 cats and a dog. She also loves to travel, read, play tennis and go horseback riding."