A rare photo of Marilyn Monroe on the set of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, 1953 © UPI.
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Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortenson but was later baptized at Norma Jean Baker. Norma Jeane is often mispelled to Norma Jean. But on her birth certificate has an "E" at the end of Jeane. So Norma Jeane is the correct way to spell it. Norma Jeane was born on June 1st, 1926 to Gladys Baker. Throughout her childhood she was tossed from foster home to foster home and she was in about 11 of them. Marilyn was discovered and her modeling career really took off in the early to mid 1940s. When she really started to get good work she was suggested to change her name to something more catchy. She chose Marilyn from stage actress Marilyn Miller. She chose Monroe because it was her mothers maiden name. Marilyn did not legally change her name to Marilyn Monroe until 1956.
Tha Last Sitting: Marilyn Monroe photographed by Bert Stern for Vogue, 1962
Diana Vreeland, the editor-in-chief of Vogue at that time, kept Marilyn’s scar in the original picture. She used to say: “I think there’s nothing duller than a smooth, perfect-skinned woman. A woman is beautiful by her scars.””