Marilyn Monroe in World War 2?
|Norma Jeane aka Marilyn Monroe.|
|I don't know if that ID on Norma Jeane's belt survives, but if it does - that's worth something to someone.|
|Marilyn always supported the military. The fan in this 1955 snap looks uncannily like Steve McQueen, but McQueen was still an unknown at this time (© Eve Arnold/Magnum Photos).|
|Norma Jeane with a neighborhood friend in front of her junior high school, Los Angeles, March 1941. The school and that fire hydrant are still there.|
Marilyn's mother was a film cutter at Consolidated Film Industries but had a lot of mental issues and Marilyn was placed in orphanages and foster homes after her birth in 1926.
|Marilyn Monroe in her wedding dress on or about 19 June 1942. Remember, this shot is years before her first modeling experience of any kind. Whatever "it" is, Marilyn had it naturally.|
|Norma Jeane and Jim Dougherty on their wedding day. Big Jim passed away in 2005.|
|Marilyn Monroe's house on Catalina Island, where she lived during World War II (Google Street View).|
|Marilyn took several personal snaps on the beach at Catalina Island during World War II. Remember, this is long before she ever thought of becoming a model.|
However, Marilyn's connection with the military was just beginning.
|Norma Jeane continued her military association long past World War II. And, yes, that most likely is the best DoD headshot of all time. Notice that she used her real name, not her stage name.|
|Norma Jeane entertaining the troops in Korea, 1954.|
Conover took the snaps of Norma Jeane assembling the drone and used them in the magazine spread. That could have been that, but Conover remembered the pretty drone girl and later recommended the wholesome young lady to another photographer who was looking to build a portfolio. That photographer, Bill Carroll, took a bunch of pictures of Marilyn at what would prove to be her most-photographed location: the beach. He then filed them away and only realized in the 1980s that the pretty unknown girl at the beach, Norma Jeane Dougherty, had later changed her professional name to Marilyn Monroe.
|Marilyn Monroe in 1941.|
|One of Bill Carroll's snaps of Marilyn.|
|Marilyn's first paid ad work: an ad for bandages. She felt upstaged by the dog, so she never agreed to be filmed with a dog again. I have to admit, that is some dog. Photo by Bruno Bernard.|
|Marilyn Monroe at 19 years old sitting in the middle of the Pacific Coast Highway, California. 1945 (Andres de Dienes). For many, this is the most iconic shot ever taken of Marilyn Monroe and is widely imitated.|
|A shot by Bill Carroll in October 1945.|
Marilyn continued her relationship with the military long after World War II.
|Marilyn signing autographs in Korea (Hulton Archive/Getty Images).|
That was the best thing that ever happened to me. I never felt like a star before in my heart. It was so wonderful to look down and see a fellow smiling at me.It is fair to say that Marilyn's relationship with the military that began during World War II helped to define the rest of her life - as with so many millions of other people.