Category: 20th Century Fox

Marilyn Monroe on the set of ‘There’s No Business Like Show Business’, directed by Walter Lang, at the 20th Century Fox studios in Century City, Los Angeles, California, USA. The film was shot between May and August 1954. (Photo by Gene Lester)

Marilyn Monroe publicity shots from 1947 (they lied about her age)

(Original Caption) As contented a pair of babies as one would hope to see. And why not with cute 18-year-old Marilyn Monroe, as their baby sitter!’ Marilyn was saving the money she earned as a baby sitter to take a dramatic course. One evening on a routine call, she found herself caring for the child of a 20th Century Fox Casting Director. One look at the Los Angeles beauty resulted in Marilyn’s landing a seven-year-contract with that studio. She is shown with fellow studio worker Roy Metzler’s twin boys, Eric and Dick, while the Metzler’s have stepped out. She is currently working in Scudda Hoo, Scudda Hay.

Marilyn Monroe poses next to a 1950 Pontiac Chieftain on the backlot of 20th Century-Fox in 1951. 

(Photos by Earl Theisen)

Marilyn Monroe and Sammy Davis Jr. photographed by Frank Worth on the 20th Century Fox

lot during a publicity shoot for “How to Marry a Millionaire” (1953)  

The last photo is Marilyn with photographer

Frank Worth taken by Sammy Davis Jr.

Norma Jeane Baker (Marilyn Monroe) on the beach as a toddler with her mother Gladys Baker and a group of friends, circa 1929.

Marilyn Monroe had a difficult childhood. Born Norma Jean Mortensen on June 1, 1926 to a mentally unstable mother and absent father, she spent her childhood in a series of foster homes and an orphanage.

The identity of Norma’s father is still unclear. Mother Gladys had married Martin Mortensen in 1924, although they separated in 1925, before her pregnancy with Norma, and divorced in 1928. After Norma’s birth, Gladys changed her surname to Baker, the name of her first husband. Norma herself thought her father was a man called Charles Gifford.

As Gladys was mentally and financially incapable of caring for Norma, she placed her daughter with foster parents, where Norma stayed until she was seven. In 1933 her mother bought a house and took Marilyn to live with her, but shortly after she had the first of a series of mental crises. Marilyn became a ward of the state.

Gladys’ best friend, Grace, was appointed Norma’s guardian, but after two years she married and sent Norma to Los Angeles Orphans Home. Several people showed interest in adopting Norma, but Gladys would not sign the papers.

After a time in further foster homes, Norma returned to live with Grace and her husband “Doc.” He allegedly attempted to sexually assault her, so Grace moved the girl to live with her great-aunt Olive in California. There she was again the victim of a sexual assault, allegedly by Olive’s son. Grace sent Norma to live with another aunt, Ana Lower. It may have been Ana’s ill health that forced another move, this time back to Grace and her husband in 1942, when Norma was 16.

When Grace and Doc had to move, they decided not to take Norma, who was in a relationship with a neighbor’s son, Jim Dougherty. In order to keep her out of foster care, Norma and Jim were married. They divorced in 1946, the same year she began to use the name Marilyn Monroe, a name devised by a 20th Century Fox executive.

(via Mashable)