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Norma Jeane Mortenson, later known as Marilyn Monroe, (June 1, 1926 - August 5, 1962) was born in Los Angeles, California. Her last name was changed shortly afterwards to Baker, which was her mother's first husband's name. Her mother was mentally ill and unable to care for her daughter and so the child ended up in and out of the foster care system. She married at age 16. She later married baseball player Joe DiMaggio and then playwright Arthur Miller. She had an affair with President Kennedy. She died of a drug overdose which was ruled probable suicide.



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