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The blonde bombshell may have been famous for her iconic style and embodiment of Hollywood’s sex symbol, but Marilyn Monroe led an unsettled life marked by confusion and despair.

The American actress never knew her father and was frequently transferred to various homes and lived in an orphanage in Los Angeles for several years.

Before her shocking death at age 36, Marilyn experienced numerous obstacles throughout her career, including posing nude for just £40 and being sexually assaulted at a party.

Following the recent release of The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes on Netflix, here’s what you need to know about the tragedies in Marilyn Monroe’s life.

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Marilyn’s mother, Gladys Monroe Baker, was a schizophrenic who spent years in and out of mental hospitals.

The actress was raised by several adoptive families and by Grace Goddard, a close friend of her mother.

It was almost two years when Marilyn was parked in an orphanage.

Bombshell married James Dougherty in 1942, an intelligent man five years her senior, when she was only 16 as a way to keep Marilyn, then Norma Jeane Baker, out of the orphanage.

At the time, her caretakers, Grace and Erwin “Doc” Goddard, moved from California and it has been speculated that Grace wanted to keep Marilyn away from her husband’s overly appreciative eye.

Marilyn revealed feelings of loneliness and insecurity from her marriage to Dougherty in a personal diary, which revolved around the fear that he preferred his ex-girlfriend.

It has been reported that this triggered the actress’s feeling of unworthiness towards men.

The couple divorced on September 13, 1946.

Posing nude for money Marilyn Monroe posed for a nude photo shoot when she was desperate and penniless (Image: Corbis via Getty Images)

The then 22-year-old actress agreed to a nude calendar shoot for photographer Tom Kelley in 1949, when she was desperate and broke.

Marilyn had been released from contracts with 20th Century Fox and Columbia Pictures, and returned to modeling to make ends meet.

The bombshell is seen set against a red velvet background as she is nearly nude, gazing sensually at the camera.

She earned $50 (£40) for the shoot and signed the release “Mona Monroe” because she was too embarrassed to use her real name.

In the book Marilyn: Her Life in Her Own Words, she described the “despair” she felt and believed that “nice girls don’t pose nude.”

When the media found the photo in 1952, after the actress had signed a new seven-year contract with 20th Century, she decided to tell the truth, explaining in an interview that she was poor and desperate at the time.

And instead of turning against her, the public sympathized.

Sexual abuse scars Marilyn Monroe first experienced sexual abuse at the age of eight (Image: The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images)

The actress suffered a series of sexual abuse at the hands of men, having the first incident at the age of eight in one of the boarding houses where she was staying.

He revealed that an elderly Englishman he called “Mr. Kimmel,” called her into her room one night, locked the door, then said, “You can’t go out now.” Monroe never revealed exactly what happened.

The Daily Mail reported that a foster father had sexually abused her behind a barn when she was 11 years old.

Marilyn was also abused by her cousin and the boyfriend of one of her close family friends as a child.

In her own words, Marilyn expressed her thoughts on sexual abuse: “I will not be punished for it, or whipped, or threatened, or loved, or sent to hell to be burned,” according to Vanity Fair.

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Marilyn Monroe experienced inappropriate advances from men at Hollywood parties (Image: Corbis via Getty Images)

Once in the spotlight, Monroe would experience inappropriate advances from men at Hollywood parties.

Author Charles Casillo revealed Orson Welles’s party memory: “Marilyn was surrounded by men and one of them reached out and ripped off her blouse, exposing her breasts.

“Marilyn, Wells said, laughed with the others at this indignity. Laughter hid her fury,” Castillo wrote in Marilyn Monroe: The Private Life of a Public Icon, according to the New York Post.

Last month saw the release of The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes released on Netflix, which looks at Monroe’s life and death, using never-before-seen interviews and raw footage.

If you have been affected by this story, please contact Rape Crisis England & Wales for free and confidential information and support on 08088029999 or on their website or 08088010302 if calling from Scotland.

You can contact the Domestic and Sexual Abuse Helpline on 0808 802 1414 if you are in Ireland.

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Marilyn Monroe tragedies: abandoned as a child, posing nude for £40 and sexual abuse – Home