For the first six years, Marilyn was brought up by foster parents, Albert and Ida Bolender in the town of Hawthorne, California.

Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962) Model, actress, singer and arguably one of the most famous women of the twentieth century.

Monroe has become an iconic representative of fame and female beauty.

Her mother was Gladys Pearl Baker (née Monroe, 1902–84) Her father was unknown and she was baptised as Norma Jeane Baker.

Her mother Gladys had a turbulent mental state and struggled to cope with bringing up her children.

To complicate matters, Miller was under investigation for his alleged “Communist sympathies”, and media bosses encouraged Monroe to end the relationship, but Monroe was unmoved.

The FBI opened a file on her, worried about the political views of her husband.

“When you’re famous you kind of run into human nature in a raw kind of way. People you run into feel that, well, who does she think she is, Marilyn Monroe?

They feel fame gives them some kind of privilege to walk up to you and say anything to you, of any kind of nature — and it won’t hurt your feelings — like it’s happening to your clothes not you.” – Marilyn Monroe (A Life of the Actress, 1993) In 1954, she married baseball star Joe Di Maggio, a friend of over two years.

She was an epitome of sensuality, beauty and effervescence and was naturally photogenic.