Marilyn’s Story

The beautiful icon, Marilyn Monroe, was a victim of a lot of trauma growing up and she struggled throughout her whole life.

1 – Marilyn Monroe was raped when she was 11 years old.

2 – Born Norma Jeane Mortenson, she never knew her father.

3 – Her mother Gladys was placed in a mental institution.

4 – She used to try to smother Marilyn with a pillow while she was in her crib. 

5 – Monroe grew up in orphanages and foster families and was sexually assaulted on a constant basis. 

6 – At 15 years old, she dropped out of high school.

7 – As a way out of foster care, she married at age 16.

8 – She started working in munitions factory, where a photographer discovered her.


9 – This launched her successful career as a model. 

10 – Monroe got divorced in 1946, the same year she obtained her first movie role.”

11 – That’s when she dyed her hair blonde and adopted the name “Marilyn Monroe”.

12- Her seductive voice and voluptuous curves made her an international sensation while she still struggled with deep insecurities in her acting abilities.

13 – Monroe was often ill from pre-performance anxiety which was the main cause of her well known tardiness on films sets.


14 – She got divorced three times. Her marriage to Joe DiMaggio lasted only 9 months.

15 – In May 1962 she famously sang “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” to John F. Kennedy. 

16 – Monroe’s movies grossed more than $200 million in revenues.

17 – Marilyn did not own a house until the last year of her life, and possessed very few things.

18 – On August 5th, 1962 Monroe died of a drug overdose. She was only 36 years old.

19 – An empty bottle of sleeping pills was found by her bed.

20 – More than 50 years after she passed, she is still considered to be a timeless popular icon of sex appeal, and femininity.

21 – He beauty and wit shall forever be remembered.

22 – “Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.”