From details of her affair with JFK to the allegedly suspicious nature of her death, the late, great Marilyn Monroe has been the subject of a lot of speculation over the years. And, as it turns out, a series of newly-unveiled photos taken back in 1960 has now sparked even more rumors about the screen goddess. Here’s why.
Way before she ever sparkled on the silver screen, though, Monroe was known by another name: Norma Jeane Mortenson. And the future star, it’s fair to say, endured a difficult childhood. She was placed in foster care when her mother developed paranoid schizophrenia, for instance, and also spent time in an orphanage while young. Then, sadly, she was subsequently molested by her legal guardian before marrying her first husband, Jim Dougherty, out of necessity while she was aged just 16.
Then Monroe began her showbiz career as a model; by 1946, in fact, she had graced 33 different magazine covers. That same year, moreover, she landed a six-month contract with 20th Century Fox, for whom she adopted her stage name. She also divorced Dougherty, who was firmly opposed to her pursuing a career of her own.