Many of us know Marilyn Monroe as the iconic Hollywood starlet who dominated the entertainment industry throughout the 1950s. She was adored by everyone - men wanted her and women wanted to be her.
It's been over five decades since Monroe's untimely death, but the blonde bombshell is still very much idolized and considered one of the world's most famous sex symbols. But what many people never got to see is what life was like for the actress before her rise to fame.
Monroe, whose birth name was Norma Jeane Mortenson, was born in Los Angeles, California, and although her early childhood was stable, things took a turn when her mother was deemed unfit to raise her. As a result, she spent most of her childhood in orphanages and foster care, bouncing from family to family.
The entertainer had a tough time growing up, but there were some happy times, some of which have been immortalized in photographs. Some of these images are now a part of a new book titled "Making Sense of Marilyn" by Andrew Norman.
In the book, Norman claims to offer a "brand new perspective" on Monroe through black and white photographs of her childhood, teenage years, and early days of fame.
"By teasing out what is authentic from what is inauthentic, it is possible to shed new light on the enigmatic character of Marilyn Monroe, who is regarded, arguably, as the world's most famous ever movie star," Norman explained.
So what are these special photos like?