Norma (Mortensen) Monroe

Norma Jeane (Mortensen) Monroe (1926 - 1962)

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Norma Jeane "Marilyn" Monroe formerly Mortensen aka Baker
Born in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USAmap
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Wife of — married (to ) in San Francisco City Hall, San Francisco, San Francisco County, Californiamap
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Died in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USAmap
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Norma (Mortensen) Monroe is Notable.



Actress Marilyn Monroe was born as Norma Jeane Mortensen on June 1, 1926 in Los Angeles, California. During her all-too-brief life, Marilyn Monroe overcame a difficult childhood to become one of the world's biggest and most enduring sex symbols. During her career, Monroe's films grossed more than $200 million. Monroe died of a possible drug overdose on August 5, 1962, at only 36 years old.

Birth Parents Controversy

Norma was born on June 1, 1926 in Los Angeles. On her birth certificate, she is stated as the daughter of Mortenson and Monroe. Note that many point out the misspelling of Mortensen's last name as a clue, but it is just as likely it's a simple typo. However, at the time of her reported conception, her parents were separated and living apart. Many believe it is more likely that she is the daughter of Charles Gifford and Gladys P. Monroe. Gladys was seeing Charles at the time, so it is conceivable that this could be true. However, based on available documentation (birth certificate, birth records, marriage record stating parents, interviews with Marilyn, etc.) it appears there is enough significant evidence to use Mortensen as the documented father.


After spending much of her childhood in foster homes, Monroe began a career as a model, which led to a film contract in 1946 with Twentieth Century-Fox. Her early film appearances were minor, but her performances in The Asphalt Jungle and All About Eve (both 1950) drew attention. By 1952 she had her first leading role in Don't Bother to Knock and 1953 brought a lead in Niagara, a melodramatic film noir that dwelt on her seductiveness. Her "dumb blonde" persona was used to comic effect in subsequent films such as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) and The Seven Year Itch (1955). Limited by typecasting, Monroe studied at the Actors Studio to broaden her range. Her dramatic performance in Bus Stop (1956) was hailed by critics and garnered a Golden Globe nomination. Her production company, Marilyn Monroe Productions, released The Prince and the Showgirl (1957), for which she received a BAFTA Award nomination and won a David di Donatello award. She received a Golden Globe Award for her performance in Some Like It Hot (1959). Monroe's last completed film was The Misfits (1961), co-starring Clark Gable, with a screenplay written by her then-husband, Arthur Miller.

Final Years

The final years of Monroe's life were marked by illness, personal problems, and a reputation for unreliability and being difficult to work with.

The circumstances of her death, from an overdose of barbiturates, have been the subject of conjecture. Though officially classified as a "probable suicide", the possibilities of an accidental overdose or a homicide have not been ruled out. Marilyn Monroe received her final order of prescription drugs from the corner pharmacy at San Vicente and Santa Monica. Owner was Normal Siskel, his first wife delivered the order to Marilyn personally, the last 2-3 orders. This pharmacy was located almost in Brentwood. (personally told to Lilly Martin)

In 1999, Monroe was ranked as the sixth-greatest female star of all time by the American Film Institute. In the decades following her death, she has often been cited as both a pop and a cultural icon as well as the quintessential American sex symbol. In 2009, TV Guide Network named her No. 1 in Film's Sexiest Women of All Time.

Mayflower Descendant

A descendant of five Mayflower Passengers, Francis Cooke, John Alden, Priscilla Mullins, William Mullins and Wife Alice. Also a descendant of Henry Howland, father of Mayflower Passanger, John Howland.


  • "California Birth Index, 1905-1995," database, FamilySearch ( : 27 November 2014), Norma Jeane Mortenson, 01 Jun 1926; citing Los Angeles, California, United States, Department of Health Services, Vital Statistics Department, Sacramento.

Birth record: Name: Norma Jeane Mortenson Event Type: Birth Event Date: 01 Jun 1926 Event Place: Los Angeles, California, United States Gender: Female Mother's Name: Monroe

Norma Jeane Mortenson, "California, Birth Index, 1905-1995"

Birth location: L.A. General Hospital, Los Angeles Co CA Birth Certificate states her mother's address as: 5454 W. Bledso, Los Angels. 1100 Mission Road, (The doctor's office) Source: the actual birth record.

  • "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 16 June 2018), Norma Jean Baker in household of Albert W Bolander, Hawthorne, Los Angeles, California, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 1000, sheet 8A, line 11, family 207, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 128; FHL microfilm 2,339,863.

1930 census: living with Albert and Ida Bolender (Strict Christian Scientists) Abers W Bolander [Albert W Bolender] [Abers W Bolender] Home in 1930: Hawthorne, Los Angeles, California View Map Age: 46 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1884 Birthplace: Ohio Relation to Head of House: Head Spouse's Name: Edna E Bolander Race: White Abers W Bolander 46 Edna E Bolander 42 Lester Bolander 3 8/12 Gladys Baker 27 Norma Jean Baker 63

Note: Albert W. Bolander, mail carrier. US Postal

Address: 459 Rhode Island, Hawthorne, CA Note: Gladys states she is 27 yrs old, divorced, working as a developer in Motion Pictures. States she was born in England, both parents English, and she came to USA in 1870 immigration. Obviously strange answers. Norma Jean Baker is listed as 63 yrs old, widowed, no occuption, born in Indiana. Both Gladys and Norma Jean are boarders.

  • "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 16 June 2018), Norma Jean Baker in household of Ervin S Goddard, Councilmanic District 3, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Township, Los Angeles, California, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 60-238, sheet 5A, line 17, family 107, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 408.

1940 Name: Norma Jean Baker Age: 13 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1927 Gender: Female Race: White Birthplace: California Marital Status: Single Relation to Head of House: Ward Home in 1940: Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California View Map Street: Nebraska Avenue House Number: 11336 Inferred Residence in 1935: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California Residence in 1935: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California Resident on farm in 1935: No Sheet Number: 5A Ervin S Goodard 35 Grace Goodard 24 Norma Jean Baker 13 Margaret T Kanaun 79

1941 High School Year Book: Norma Baker Estimated Birth Year: abt 1921 Age: 20 School: University High School School Location: Los Angeles, California Year: 1941 She was mentioned as designing the set for the school play.

1942 High School Year Book: Norma Baker Estimated Birth Year: abt 1922 Age: 20 School: University High School School Location: Los Angeles, California Year: 1942 1942: Marilyn lived with a Foster Family on Sylvan st, Van Nuys.

  • "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 8 December 2017), James Edward Dougherty and Norma Jeane Mortensen, 19 Jun 1942; citing Los Angeles, California, United States, county courthouses, California; FHL microfilm 2,114,948.

Her first marriage record: Name: James Edward Dougherty Event Type: Marriage Event Date: 19 Jun 1942 Event Place: Los Angeles, California, United States Gender: Male Age: 21 Birth Year (Estimated): 1921 Father's Name: Edward Dougherty Mother's Name: Ethel Beatty Spouse's Name: Norma Jeane Mortensen Spouse's Age: 16 Spouse's Gender: Female Spouse's Birth Year (Estimated): 1926 Spouse's Father's Name: E Mortensen Spouse's Mother's Name: ?? Moore Page: 245 GS Film number: 2114948 Digital Folder Number: 005698684 Image Number: 01738

Newspaper citings: Newspaper: The Coshocton Tribune Publication: 9 Jul 1946 - Coshocton, Ohio Blonde, blue eyed Norma Jeane Doughtery model from Los Angeles poses in bathing suit.

Newspaper: The Salisbury Times Publication: 11 Aug 1962 - Salisbury, Maryland Her first contract was signed Aug 26, 1946, 20th Century Fox, at $125.00 per week, maximum of 20 weeks.

Newspaper: Kingsport Times Publication: 29 Feb 1956 - Kingsport, Tennessee Notice: Norma Jeane Dougherty has legally changed her name to Marilyn Monroe

Newspaper: Long Beach Independent Publication: 28 Oct 1954 - Long Beach, California Divorce proceedings at Santa Monica Superior court, Joe and Marilyn.

Places Marilyn lived: 508 N. Palm drive, Beverly Hills. (Honeymoon with Joe DiMaggio) 8573 Holloway drive, West Hollywood (apt shared with Shelly Winters) 12305 Fifth Helena Drive, off Carmelina st, Brentwood (her last home and death place)

Actual death location: 12305 Fifth Helena Drive, Brentwood, Los Angeles Co CA.

Burial at: Westwood Memorial Cemetery, 1218 Glendon Avenue, Westwood CA. Find A Grave Memorial# 725

Name: Marilyn Monroe Event Type: Death Event Date: 05 Aug 1962 Event Place: Los Angeles, California, United States Birth Date: 01 Jun 1926 Birthplace: California Gender: Female Father's Name: Mother's Name: Baker Marilyn Monroe, "California, Death Index, 1940-1997

Marilyn Monroe: social security number: 563-32-076


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    On 14 Jun 2018 at 13:30 GMT Lilly Martin wrote:

    Concerning Marilyn Monroe (/Baker-4838) Concerning Baker-4838 (Marilyn Monroe) There are some serious discrepancies I would like to discuss. David Winslow added me to the trusted list.
    1. 1. Her birth record states Norma Jeane Mortensen. Her name at BIRTH should be corrected to Mortensen.
    2. 2. Her nick name could be listed as Marilyn Monroe.
    3. 3. The Norma BAKER can be listed as 'other last names'

    She was not a Baker. She was not related to anyone named Baker. Baker was the name of her mother's first husband, and Marilyn's mother used it in some records, but please note her birth record states Mortensen, and this is the name she gave as her FATHER on her first marriage to James Dougherty. She stated her father was E. Mortensen.

    Her BIRTH record states Mortensen. Her marriage record (First one) states Mortensen. She even states the correct initials of her father (E. M. Mortensen, as in Edward martin Mortensen)

    Wikileaks wants to use REAL documents, real facts. There is no fact, or document existing which states Gifford is her father. Yet the facts and documents state Mortensen is the father. Baker was only given as the surname Marilyn's mother used to register Marilyn in school records. However, Marilyn herself was the source of the information on her own first marriage (James Dougherty) and she stated her father was Mortensen.

    Her mother was married to Edward Martin Mortensen in October 11, 1924 Los Angeles. The divorce was not final until 8-15-1928 Los Angeles, CA.

    This man Edward M. Mortensen, when he died, had in his possession Marilyn's birth certificate. This would indicate he acknowledged Marilyn as his daughter.

    That makes 3 compelling pieces of evidence that Mortensen is her father and he should be listed as such.

    The story about Gifford is just a story, and can be noted, but there are a birth record and a marriage record for Marilyn which both are showing the father as Mortensen, and that matches which the marriage of her mother to Mortensen. Actual record sources should be used as identity.

    She was born Norma Jeane Mortensen. She used the name of Norma Baker in 1930 and 1940 census. However, her 1942 marriage states her full name as Norma Jeane Mortensen.

    The names given in the birth and marriage are the correct maiden names at BIRTH.

    1. 4. Other names used: "Norma Baker"
    1. 5. Her father should be listed as Edward Martin Mortensen. I can give all of his data.

    I hope we can discuss this. Best regards, Lilly Martin

    On 15 Jan 2017 at 03:09 GMT Elizabeth (Hart) Godwin wrote:

    Is there a reason why marriage to Arthur Miller ( has not been added? See note from Bob from 2 YEARS ago.

    On 3 Dec 2016 at 15:30 GMT Cynthia (Edgemon) Rushing wrote:

    Marilyn is my 12th cousins, once removed with Agnes (Davis) Chandler our common ancestor. Agnes is Norma Jean "Marilyn" 11th great grandmother and my 12th.

    On 24 Jan 2015 at 05:04 GMT Bob Fields wrote:

    Please add playwright Arthur Miller (Miller-24161) as spouse from 1956-1961.

    On 9 Jan 2015 at 02:03 GMT Jayme (McClary) Hart wrote:

    On 22 Dec 2014 at 13:52 GMT J. (Pearson) Salsbery wrote:

    Marilyn should have the category
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