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

By Sarah Norman | August 31, 2023

Monroe's mother was institutionalized, leaving her to fend for herself at a young age

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 her mother was committed to the Metropolitan State Hospital, the two were rarely in contact with one another as Baker spent the rest of her life in and out of different hospitals. This incarceration left Monroe a ward of the state, and sadly there were still worse things to come.

Marilyn and her first husband, Jimmy, 1943

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Less than a year into their marriage, Marilyn's husband enlisted in the Merchant Marine where he was stationed on Catalina Island before being shipped to the Pacific and would remain for the next two years. It's during her husband's absence that Monroe began to blossom into her own person and find her way to the spotlight that was calling her name.