Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jean Baker in 1926. She would go on to become one of the most famous actresses the world would ever see. From her trademark pout and platinum blonde hair to the ups and downs of her tumultuous love life, fans couldn’t get enough of her.
There are plenty of pictures of Marilyn that have become as famous as she was since the press hounded her. But what about the lesser-known ones that show a different side to the icon? Join us as we take a look at some unseen photos of Marilyn Monroe and delve deeper into the life and times of a tragic star.
First, There Was Norma Jean
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Before the glitz and glamour of Hollywood life, before the words Marilyn Monroe had ever been uttered, there was Norma Jean Baker. As a child ferried between foster homes and wed at just 16, modeling was an escape for the troubled young woman.
In 1944, she was introduced to a photographer from the First Motion Picture Unit. He helped mold her into a successful pin-up model as part of the war effort. Here, she poses on a beach in a bikini with the trademark smile that would see her catapulted to fame.