Saturday, April 14, 2012

Norma Jeane Dougherty (aka Marilyn Monroe)

Norma Jeane Dougherty at Capistrano Mission
Norma Jeane Dougherty (aka Marilyn Monroe) at Capistrano Mission (by Andre De Dienes, 1945). 

Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962) spend much of her childhood in foster homes. A few days after her 16th birthday she married the neighbour’s son, James Dougherty (wedding picture), to avoid ending up in an orphanage or foster care again. She began working in a munitions factory spraying airplane parts and inspecting parachutes. In 1946, after she was discovered, she filed for divorce.

next episode: Hoop Dress Sister No. 3


  1. A sweet and normal-looking girl there.

  2. That's a shot I've never seen before; she just looks so relaxed and happy.

    1. It was refreshing to see this pic in the middle of a bunch of 'standard' Marilyn Monroe pics. Especially when you read about her sad childhood background.

  3. Rob, do you have any notes re the original source for the photo?

    1. I've added some info and send you some links by mail.


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