Today is March 8 and the Navigate the Chaos question to consider is “do you choose to be absolutely ridiculous or absolutely boring?” Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortenson, in June 1926. Her mother was Gladys Pearl Baker and her father was unknown. Her mother Gladys had a turbulent mental state.
For the first six years, Marilyn was brought up by foster parents. Her mother then tried to take back Marilyn, but she suffered a mental breakdown and Marilyn was moved between different orphanages and foster homes.
The traumatic childhood made her shy and reserved. Just after her 16th birthday, in 1942, Monroe married her 21-year-old, next-door neighbour Jimmy Dougherty. Marilyn became a bored housewife. In 1943, her husband left to join the Merchant Marines to participate in America’s War effort. They split up shortly after.
To earn a living, Marilyn took a job at a local munitions factory in Burbank, California. It was here that Marilyn got her first big break. Photographer David Conover was covering the munitions factory to show women at work for the War effort. He was struck by the beauty and photogenic nature of Norma, and he used her in many of his photographs.
This enabled her to start a career as a model, and she was soon featured on the front of many magazine covers1946 was a pivotal year for Marilyn, she divorced her young husband and changed her name from, the boring, Norma Baker to the more glamorous Marilyn Monroe (after her grandma).
She took drama lessons and got her first movie contract with Twentieth Century Fox. Her first few films were low key, but from these beginnings, it gained her more prominent roles in films such as All About Eve, Niagara and later Gentleman Prefer Blondes and How To Marry A Millionaire. Monroe said "Imperfection is beauty, madness if genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring."
Despite a difficult childhood and a failed first marriage, Monroe got discovered, leveraged her luck and choose to be absolutely ridiculous compared to absolutely boring. How often do you choose to be absolutely ridiculous compared to absolutely boring?