Marilyn Monroe As You’ve Never Seen Her Before

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Sex symbol, icon and Hollywood superstar, Marilyn Monroe is one of the most recognizable faces of all time, but life wasn’t all glitz and glamor for this troubled starlet. Here we show you some rarely seen photos of the legend in her home and working life before her untimely end at the age of just 36-years-old.

Bouncing Baby

Marilyn Monroe As You've Never Seen Her Before


Born Norma Jeane Baker, this baby photo shows the star as a happy, smiling child. Norma Jeane never knew her father, and although her surname was Baker, her mother had separated from husband John Newton Baker years before Norma was born and the identity of her father was never known. She also did not know her mother had a family with her first husband until she was 12-years-old and would not meet her half-sister until adulthood.

Growing Up

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At just five years old, a young Marilyn already knows where the camera is and is confident of holding herself. Marilyn’s mother was financially unable to support her, and so she was placed with foster parents who raised her as an evangelical Christian, with her mother visiting on weekends and often taking her to the cinema.

However, Monroe endured a troubled childhood that saw her taken away from her mother and bounced around care homes. By 1933, with Marilyn being 7, her mother felt stable enough to take her back but in January 1934, her mother, Gladys, had a mental breakdown and was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and taken back to hospital.

Star In The Making

Marilyn Monroe As You've Never Seen Her Before


The air of glamor followed Marilyn from an early age. Here we see her with a darker style to her characteristic bright blonde that she became known for. Sadly, whilst under the care of a family Marilyn was sexually abused and then moved to the Los Angeles Orphans Home in Hollywood in September 1935. A shy girl, she also developed a stutter and became withdrawn.

On The Rise

Marilyn Monroe As You've Never Seen Her Before


Whilst working in a munitions factory during the war effort, Marilyn was spotted by a photographer who was there to document the work going on. Marilyn then quit the factory and signed up to the Blue Book Model Agency in August 1945, dying her hair blond and straightening it to find greater success.

Making Movies

Marilyn Monroe As You've Never Seen Her Before


Impressed by her success as a model, the agency arranged for her to have acting auditions and Marilyn gained short-lived film contracts with Twentieth Century-Fox (1946–47) and Columbia Pictures (1948) before re-signing for Fox in 1951 and going on to become one of their biggest stars.

Her Second Husband

Marilyn Monroe As You've Never Seen Her Before


At just 16, Marilyn married Jim Dougherty, a member of her foster parent’s next door neighbors. While odd, this allowed her to avoid going into care as her foster-father wanted to relocate to California, so Marilyn married to avoid that outcome. She would later divorce Jim Dougherty as he opposed her having a career. Married more than once, New York Yankee baseball player Joe DiMaggio was her second and was said to always have been madly in love with her apparently saying on his deathbed that he would “finally be with Marilyn.”

Keeping The Allure

Marilyn Monroe As You've Never Seen Her Before


Another candid shot that showed how Marilyn tiptoed on the line between outrage and allure, it was this playful sensibility that would endear her to millions. and for a decade she was a top-billed actress with her films grossing $200 million by the time of her unexpected death in 1962. She remains a major pop-culture icon around the world.

Natural Beauty

Marilyn Monroe As You've Never Seen Her Before


By 1953 she was one of the most marketable movie stars around but was disappointed at being typecast and even refused a movie project in 1954 which got her briefly suspended from the studio. Realizing her immense power in a male-dominated industry, Monroe was one of the first female actresses to champion equality in an industry that still comes under attack for the pay gaps between men and women.

Keeping Up Morale

Marilyn Monroe As You've Never Seen Her Before


Known for her personable nature, here Marilyn is pictured entertaining troops on a trip to keep up morale. In the 1950’s Monroe was a huge star and immensely popular with the troops, receiving several thousand letters of fan mail a week, and being declared “Miss Cheesecake of 1951” by the army newspaper Stars and Stripes.

Friends In High Places

Marilyn Monroe As You've Never Seen Her Before


Marilyn had many celebrity friends within the industry and can be seen here with Sophia Loren. Monroe also dated socialite Peter Lawford around 1951, and after being introduced to many of his industry friends, she fell in with the Hollywood crowds as her stardom continued to rise.

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