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48 Vintage Photos Of Marilyn Monroe Before She Was A Star

Published 2 years ago

With her platinum blonde hair and signature red lipstick, Marilyn Monroe (who would have celebrated her 91st birthday on the 1st of June) is easily one of the most iconic celebrities of all time, however, only a few know what the actress looked like before she was famous.

Born Norma Jeane Mortenson, Monroe had a really tough childhood. She moved from one foster home to another, going through traumatic experiences in almost all of them. She was sexually abused and even started developing a stutter. Monroe married at the age of sixteen, but that didn’t bring her happiness as well.

Everything changed in 1944 when Monroe was working in a military factory where she was introduced to a photographer from the U.S. Army Air Force’s First Motion Picture Unit. This relationship propelled Marilyn’s pin-up modeling career, and the work eventually led to film contracts with Twentieth Century Fox and Columbia Pictures.

Soon she became one of the biggest stars in Hollywood and was instantly recognizable, but a troubled girl still hid beneath the fame. Monroe committed suicide in 1962. She is remembered as a popular culture icon and a sex symbol, however, most forget her troublesome roots when she was just a regular girl in the neighborhood. Scroll down to meet the sincere Norma Jeane Mortenson before she became Marilyn Monroe.

(h/t: all-that-is-interesting, boredpanda)

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The future American actress Marilyn Monroe smiling as a 10-months old baby (April 1927)

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A young Norma Jeane Mortenson with her mother, Gladys Baker (1929)

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Norma Jeane Mortenson at five years old (1931)

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An adolescent Norma Jeane Mortenson staying at her Aunt Ana’s place. Aunt Ana’s was one of the many homes she would live in through her difficult childhood as an orphan (1938)

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Norma Jeane Mortenson at 14 years old. After her Aunt Ana got sick, Norma Jeane had to move in with the Goddard family. She had lived there before, but left their home when she was 11 when her legal guardian, Erwin Goddard, molested her (1940)

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A teenaged Norma Jeane Mortenson (center) at an outdoor fete with a group of friends (1941)

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A teenaged Norma Jeane Mortenson (center) and her friends in a rowboat (1941)

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Norma Jeane Mortenson poses for a photo with a friend and her baby (1941)

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Norma Jeane Mortenson at the zoo, with a hornbill on her arm (1941)

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Young Norma Jeane Mortenson plays with penguins at the zoo (1941)

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Norma Jeane Mortenson as a 15-year-old beauty queen. This would be her last year as a single woman (1941)

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At the age of 16, Norma Jeane Mortenson married James Dougherty (June 19, 1942)

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Norma Jeane Dougherty, Bridal Portrait, Age 16 (1942)

Image credits: Richard C. Miller

Newlywed Norma Jeane Dougherty goes out for Chinese food with her family (1942)

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Norma Jeane Mortenson with her husband, James Dougherty. When the pair met, he was her neighbor and five years her senior. The two had little in common. She would later say that they hardly spoke because “we had nothing to say.” (1943)

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James Dougherty, now a Merchant Marine, poses with his wife outside of boot camp. After he joined the Merchant Marines, the couple became increasingly distant. In 1944, he would be sent off to the Pacific. From then on, they would rarely see one another (1943)

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Norma Jeane Dougherty alone, with her husband’s boot camp in the distance (1943)

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Norma Jeane Dougherty working at the Radioplane Munitions Factory. While working at the factory, Norma Jeane was spotted by an Army propaganda officer.

Image credits: U.S. army photographer David Conover

He took this photo of her working at her post. It was the first modeling job of her life (1945)

Image credits: David Conover

Shortly after her photoshoot in the factory, she quit her job and tried modeling full time (1945)

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One of her first modeling shots (1945)

Image credits: David Conover

Early Portrait of Norma Joane (1945)

Image credits: David Conover

Norma Jeane posing in the gardens of the Ambassador Hotel holding the Blue Book Models life ring (1945)

An early Blue Book Modeling Agency picture of Marilyn Monroe in a white bikini (Circa 1945)

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