60 Photos of Marilyn Monroe Like You've Never Seen Her Before 

By Sarah Norman | August 10, 2023

A teenaged dark-haired Norma Jeane Baker, 1941, right around when she dropped out of high school

Marilyn Monroe has long been considered an American icon, known for her captivating beauty, her sultry performances, and her magnetic personality. However, beneath the surface of her glamorous image, there were deeply dark realities that were often kept hidden from the public eye. These eerie photos, taken throughout her career and personal life, capture a side of Marilyn that is rarely seen, revealing the struggles and pain she experienced behind the scenes.

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After she graduated from Emerson Junior High, she attended the Van Nuys High School, a place where she proved to be a shy and introverted student. She struggled academically and had a difficult time fitting in with her classmates. Despite this, Monroe was described as a hardworking and determined student who was passionate about acting. She participated in school plays and talent shows, and even took acting lessons outside of school before dropping out completely.

Even as a child Monroe's life was chaotic

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Even as a child, Monroe's life was a whirlwind of chaos. Monroe once said that one of her earliest memories of her mother was when she tried to smother her in her crib with a pillow.