Norma Jeane Mortenson was the third child of a film negative cutter Gladys Pearl Baker. The father of the future star disappeared before the birth of his daughter and never appeared again in her life. Quite early Norma was placed with poster parents; at first due to financial insecurity, and then because her mother was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. Norma changed several families where she recalled being harassed. Undoubtedly, the hardships of her childhood had an impact on all her life.

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The future movie star started her model career in her teens. By early 1946, she had appeared on 33 magazine covers. However, it was only in 1950 after a series of roles in mediocre movies, that the blonde had a long-awaited breakthrough. Just a year later Marilyn Monroe (that pseudonym the actress took in 1946) starring in six films was recognized as a pin-up queen, it-girl, and the American sex symbol.

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By the way, the success came after a series of changes in Monroe's appearance. The actress did a nose job, changed the shape of her chin, bleached the hair, and raised her hairline. This is quite noteworthy because Marilyn succeeded only after becoming a conventional beauty, the one that pleased the audience, especially men.

Neither leading roles in movies, nor her appearance, recognized by society as a standard of beauty and sexuality, brought Marilyn deep satisfaction. She wanted to act in dramatic films and be more than an attractive blonde. She also wanted to have a say movie production equally with other members of the team, something that 20th Century Fox, with which she had a contract, never allowed to do.

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"An actress is not a machine, but they treat you like a machine. A money machine," Monroe once said.

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Monroe spoke openly about harassment, which was the norm for Hollywood at the time. "There are many types of wolves. Some are sinister, others are just good-time Charlies, trying to get something for nothing and others make a game of it," Monroe wrote.

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The actress became a slave to her image of a nice smiling sexy blonde and serious dramatic roles, which she aspired to, passed her by. Researchers of Monroe's legacy and her contemporaries have repeatedly noted that the image of a frivolous young lady was one of the major tragedies in her life.

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