Marilyn Monroe was a pop culture icon, and her tragic suicide made her even more of one. To this day, people devour any new details about her passing. A lot of conspiracy theorists think that she didn’t take her own life at all, but was murdered. Whatever the truth of that matter, there was a desperately unhappy woman behind the glamorous Hollywood image.

Marilyn Monroe had a difficult life. She was born Norma Jeane Mortenson in 1926, to a mother who suffered from mental health issues. Her childhood was full of uncertainty, abuse and difficulty. As an adult, Monroe would also have poor mental health. The year before she died, she spent some time in a psychiatric ward.

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