Photo by Mallory

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Monday, August 10, 2015

Twinkle,Twinkle, Little Star

"We are all of us stars and we all deserve to twinkle."
–Marilyn Monroe, 1926-1962

Marilyn Monroe is another of those celebrities that tragically left us early with an untimely and mysterious death. Born Norma Jean Mortenson, she was a victim of more than the glitter and glamour of Hollywood.
Marilyn Monroe
 Marilyn’s mother placed her with foster parents when she was only a few weeks old. Later her mother had a mental breakdown and was hospitalized. Following her mother’s hospitalization, Marilyn was declared a ward of the state of California.

Biographers disagree on how long she spent at the orphanage, and in how many foster families she stayed afterwards. As an adult, Marilyn told several friends and interviewers that she had been sexually abused during her childhood.

When one family she stayed with had to move, California law prevented them from taking 15-year-old Marilyn out of state. She faced the possibility of having to return to the orphanage. As a solution, it was decided she would marry the neighbors’ 21-year-old son.

Marilyn dropped out of school and became a housewife. When her husband enlisted in the military and was shipped overseas, Marilyn lived with her in-laws and worked at a munitions factory as part of the war effort of World War II.
Marilyn Monroe, age 16
In 1944, photographers from the U.S. Army Air Forces were sent to her factory to shoot morale-boosting photos of young women helping the war effort. One of the photographers encouraged Marilyn to apply to The Blue Book Modeling Agency.

She did and became one of their most successful models. Her modeling career brought her to the attention of 20th Century Fox movie company, where they gave her the name Marilyn Monroe.
I’m not approving the lifestyle the media portrayed Marilyn to have lived as an adult. But having traveled such a bumpy road to adulthood, many would have hung their head in shame and defeat. If I were in her shoes, I can’t imagine I’d have been spunky enough as Marilyn was to say the words quoted at the beginning of this post.

What makes you a star and how do you "twinkle"?

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