From Foster to Famous: Marilyn Monroe

Actress Marilyn Monroe (1926 – 1962) needs no introduction.

Born Norma Jeane Mortenson in 1926, Monroe built her career around her casual, breathless approach to her big screen characters.

Monroe’s childhood was far from glamorous, though.

By the time she was 7 years old, she had been in-and-out of foster homes several times due to her mother’s battle with mental illness. Young Monroe never knew her father. At 15, Monroe dropped out of high school.

Despite her many hardships, Monroe flourished. In her all-too short lived career, she earned more than $200 million and established herself as one of the most iconic figures of the century.

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