Role Model: Marilyn Monroe
By: Chrishia Odette
Life and Death
Her real name was Norma Jean. Her mother was a film editor. As a child, she was always in different orphanages and with different foster homes because of her mother. Since her mother had lost her sanity, she was often put in mental hospitals or mental institutions. She also had no father, at least when she was born. She once thought that a man with a name of Clark Gable was her father. That thought was stuck in her head for about two years. Then, she finally accepted the fact that Clark Gable was her father, and that she never will have a father by her side to help raise her.
She remarked during an interview that when she was in an orphanage, she was always acting on and off stage. When she was acting on stage, she was a different person in a way. She was no longer a girl with no true family. She used the stage and made that her own little world, her happy place, she made it her world of freedom. So she could escape all of the bad things in life and for her to feel safe, so she could run away from the nightmare that she was living in. It was like a safe haven for her.
She got married to James Dougherty at the age of 16 in the year of 1942. He went off to fight in the military during World War II. Marilyn had to work in a factory day after day. When the war had ended, Marilyn had divorced James. She summed up her marriage in six words. “We barely spoke to each other”
She had died on August 5, 1962. She had died from a drug overdose. Some say that she had many antidepressants since by then, she and her third husband had divorced a week before she died. She must’ve been very sad. She thought she had lost her sanity at some point in her life so once, she had checked herself in a mental institution for a little while. When she had her funeral, the only one of her husbands that showed up was her third husband Arthur Miller.