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Marilyn Monroe’s Childhood Path To Prostitution

The tragic early years — and the cowboy star who swept her off the streets!

Norma Jeane Mortenson was born on June 1, 1926, in Los Angeles — and the cards were already stacked against the child who’d become Marilyn Monroe. Instead of two doting parents welcoming their adorable baby into the world, Norma Jeane was cursed with a father who abandoned her. Her mother Gladys quickly placed her with a series of foster parents, and would see her infrequently before finally having a mental breakdown. Gladys was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and spent the rest of her life in institutions, with Norman Jeane rarely seeing her mother…