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Taylor Peters, Writer

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On June 1, 1926 in Los Angeles, California, Norma Jean Mortenson, better known as Marilyn Monroe came into the world and experienced a difficult childhood. At the age of five, her parents divorced, and she lived under the custody of her mentally ill, alcoholic mother. Not long after, Marilyn’s mother’s mental illness required residency in an institution, leaving her daughter to live in foster care.

After living with 11 sets of foster parents, Marilyn suffered several accounts of abuse. Fearing foster home placement, she married for the first time to James Dougherty at sixteen years old.

Following her 1946 divorce with James Dougherty, Marilyn modeled swimsuits, bleached her hair blonde, and proceeded to legally changing her name to Marilyn Monroe. Appearing in her first film “Ladies of the Chorus” in 1948, Marilyn starred in 29 films before her death in 1962. Twenty four of these films she completed during the first eight years of her acting career.

Although well known as an outgoing, resilient young lady, Monroe still suffered greatly from anxiety and insomnia. Prescribed medications for this, Monroe soon relied heavily on her sleeping medication.

During her three marriages, she never had her own children before dying at age 36. She passed away at night between 9:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. on August 5, 1962. The coroner said she died from acute barbiturate poisoning, deeming her death as a probable suicide.

After finding that doctors performed only liver toxicology tests, deputy coroner Thomas Noguchi requested her other organs for further examination. However, he did not receive them because the autopsy lab demolished them afterwards.

Marilyn Monroe–a woman who later reached legendary status.

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