" I am not interested in money. I just want to be wonderful" Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jeane Baker on June 1, 1926. Her mother's name was Gladys Baker Mortensen. Baker being the name of her other two children and Mortensen the name of her last husband who disappeared just months after their marriage in 1924. Although Edward Mortensen was Gladys' husband at the time of Norma's birth, he was not her father. No one knows for sure who her father was, but it was believed that it was Gladys' lover C. Stanley Gifford .
At just six months old, Norma Jeane was placed in a foster home because her mother was placed in an insane asylum for her mental breakdowns. In 1935, at age nine, she entered an orphanage and stayed there for two years. On
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She had a photo session with Andre de Dienes and he asked Norma Jeane to marry him, but she was recently divorced, free, and independent. Nevertheless, he got her on covers of major magazines. Shortly after this, in July 1946, she got a short contract with Twentieth Century-Fox. Then she changed her name to Marilyn Monroe. Marilyn for the musical star Marilyn Miller and Monroe from her mother's maiden name. After six months of acting classes and dance lessons, she was finally told to report for work on a film. This film being The Shocking Miss Pilgrim which was released in 1947. After that, Marilyn played many small and unimportant roles. When Marilyn's contract came up for renewal in August 1947, the studio decided they did not want to sign her. It was said that her relationship with seventy-year-old Joseph Schenck, co-founder of T.C.F. had something to do with the studio's resigning Marilyn. Schenck also got her an interview with Columbia Pictures and resulted in a six- month contract for Ladies of the Chorus. On the set of this movie, Marilyn met musical director Fred Karger and was said to have had a relationship with him. Columbia also got Monroe an acting coach, Natasha Lytess. After filming, she returned to pin-up and cheesecake modeling. At one point in 1949, she was so short of money she could pay neither her car payment or her rent. She then posed nude in order to earn fifty bucks and used the money to retrieve her car. Soon after that