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Rare Photos Of Norma Jeane Mortenson Before She Became Marilyn Monroe

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Before the glitz and the glamor that was Marilyn Monroe, there was Norma Jeane Mortenson: a curly-haired brunette who never expected to be anything more than a housewife.

Above, Norma Jeane poses outside the factory she worked at before her modeling days.

Norma Jean with a Great Dane.

Miss Snively kept the negative for this Richard C. Miller photo in her archive for the rest of her life.

Norma Jeane with yellow skirt.

Norma Jeane becomes a “sweater girl.”

Douglas Airview magazine employed models to advertise its American Airlines flights. Here, Norma Jeane shows great interest in the stewardess handing milk to a young mother.

Norma Jeane at the factory.

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Norma Jeane at the pool.

Norma Jeane at the beach

Norma Jeane posing in the gardens of the Ambassador Hotel holding the Blue Book Models life ring.

Norma Jeane Mortenson as a 15-year-old beauty queen. This would be her last year as her a single woman.

At the age of 16, Norma Jeane Mortenson married James Dougherty.

A young Norma Jeane Mortenson with her mother, Gladys Baker.

An adolescent Norma Jeane Mortenson staying at her Aunt Ana’s place.

Norma Jeane Mortenson at 14 years old.

A teenaged Norma Jeane Mortenson (center) and her friends in a rowboat.

A teenaged Norma Jeane Mortenson (center) and her friends in a rowboat.

Shortly after her photoshoot in the factory, she quit her job and tried modeling.

Norma Jeane Mortenson at five years old.

Fifteen-year-old Norma Jeane Mortensonhits the town.

Norma Jeane Dougherty alone, with her husband’s boot camp in the distance.

A collection of more than 200 archived photos from that era is now available in a new book, Before Marilyn: The Blue Book Modelling Years

(h/t – thedailybest )

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