Sex symbol, icon and Hollywood superstar, Marilyn Monroe is one of the most recognizable faces of all time, but life wasn’t all glitz and glamor for this troubled starlet. Here we show you some rarely seen photos of the legend in her home and working life before her untimely end at the age of just 36-years-old.
At just five years old, a young Marilyn already knows where the camera is and is confident of holding herself. Marilyn’s mother was financially unable to support her, and so she was placed with foster parents who raised her as an evangelical Christian, with her mother visiting on weekends and often taking her to the cinema.
However, Monroe endured a troubled childhood that saw her taken away from her mother and bounced around care homes. By 1933, with Marilyn being 7, her mother felt stable enough to take her back but in January 1934, her mother, Gladys, had a mental breakdown and was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and taken back to the hospital.