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Marilyn Monroes career as an actress spanned 16 years She made 29 films 24 in the first 8 years of her career Born as Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1 1926 in Los Angeles General Hospital her mother Gladys listed the fathers address as unknown Marilyn would never know the true identity of her father Due to her mothers mental instability and the fact that she was unmarried at the time Norma Jeane was placed in the foster home of Albert and Ida Bolender It was here she lived the first 7 years of her life In 1933 Norma Jeane lived briefly with her mother Gladys begin to show signs of mental depression and in 1934 was admitted to a rest home in Santa Monica Grace McKee a close friend of her mother took over the care of Norma Jeane Grace loved and adored her recalled one of her co-workers Grace telling herDont worry Norma Jeane Youre going to be a beautiful girl when you get bigan important woman a movie star Grace was captivated by Jean Harlow a superstar of the twenties and Marilyn would later sayand so Jean Harlow was my idol Grace was to marry in 1935 and due to financial difficulties Norma Jeane was placed in an orphanage from September 1935 to June 1937 Grace frequently visited her taking her to the movies buying clothes and teaching her how to apply makeup at her young age Norma Jeane was to later live with several of Graces relatives In September 1941 Norma Jeane was again living with Grace when she met Jim Dougherty 5 years her senior Grace encouraged the relationship and on learning that she and her husband would be moving to the East Coast set in motion plans for Norma Jeane to marry Dougherty on
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