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Marilyn Monroe personified Hollywood glamour with an unparalleled glow and energy that enamored the world Though an alluring beauty with voluptuous curves and a generous pout Marilyn Monroe was more than a 50s sex goddess Her apparent vulnerability and innocence in combination with an innate sensuality has endeared her to the global consciousness for more than half a century Marilyns life demonstrated the effects of her personal struggles as well as the triumph of her spirit a part of her that continues to survive alongside her image as the legendary Hollywood diva Born as Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1 1926 in Los Angeles General Hospital her mother Gladys listed the fathers address as unknown and Marilyn grew up without a real fatherly figure in her life All I really wanted from him was to let me call him my father oh how I wished I had a dad Barris 6 She was placed in the foster home of Albert and Ida Bolender It was here she lived the first 7 years of her life They were terribly strictthey didnt mean any harmit was their religion They brought me up harshly Monroe 1 In 1933 Norma Jeane lived briefly with her mother but Gladys begin to show signs of mental depression and in 1934 was admitted to a rest home in Santa Monica California Grace McKee a close friend of her mother took over the care of Marilyn Until Grace no one had ever given her compliments and all she longed for was to feel special No one ever told me I was pretty when I was a little girl All little girls should be told they are pretty even if they arent Monroe 1 To reassure Marilyn of her uniqueness she would tell her Dont worry Norma Jeane Youre going to be a beautiful girl when you get bigan important woman a movie star McKee 1 Grace was captivated by
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