February: Norma Jeane begins to talk and says “Mama”.
1 June: Norma Jeane turns one year old.
Gladys begins living with a roommate, Grace McKee but Norma Jeane remains with the Bolenders.
Gladys and Edward Mortenson (Gladys’s second husband) officially divorce after two years of seperation.
1 June: Norma Jeane turns two.
Gladys is promoted in her role at Consolidated Industries on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood.
1 June: Norma Jeane turns three.
September: Norma Jeane begins attending the Hawthorne Community Sunday School.
1 April: Census records show that Norma Jeane lived with her mother and the Boldenders in Inglewood.
1 June: Norma Jean turns four.
28 September: Norma Jeane begins attending the Community Sunday School in Hawthorne. She graduates from the Cradle Roll Department to Beginners Department.
1 June: Norma Jeane turns five.
14 September: Norma Jeane starts school at the Ballona Elementary and Kindergarten School.
27 March: Norma Jeane performs at The Hollywood Bowl for Easter Sunday. She and approximately fifty other children pose as a living cross. She said of the event later in life, “We wore white tunics under our dresses and, at the signal, we had to remove our dresses to change the black cross into a white one… I was bored… I completely forgot and found myself the only black patch in a white cross. My family didn’t forgive me ever.”
1 June: Norma Jeane turns six.
17 June: Norma Jeane has her last day at Ballona Elementary and Kindergarten School.
September: Norma Jeane attends the Vine Street School.
March: Her teacher, Evelyn Gawthorp describes her as a “timid child who loved to sing.”
Spring: Norma Jeane has whooping cough. She has her tonsils removed.
1 June: Norma Jeane turns seven.
13 June: Gladys obtains a $5,000 loan from the Mortgage Guarantee Company of California and uses the money to buy a six-room furnished house with three bedrooms. They move in at the end of August and begin renting a room to a couple of English actors, the Atkinsons.
This is the year when Norma Jeane is sexually assaulted. She begins to stutter.
1 June: Norma Jeane turns eight.
December: A report is written by Los Angeles General Hospital describes Gladys’s illness: “constant religious concerns and with a deep depression and a big agitation. It seems that the illness has reached its chronic stage.”
22 May: Grace pays twenty-five dollars to Nellie Atkinson (George and Maude’s daughter) for Norma Jeane’s care. The Giffen’s who she was staying with welcomed Norma Jeane into their home.
Spring: Grace meets Erwin “Doc” Goddard.
Norma Jeane lives briefly with Harvey and Elsie Giffen, parents of her school friend. She is treated well.
1 June: Norma Jeane turns nine. Norma Jeane finishes the third grade.
July: Grace brings Norma Jeane to live with her.
10 August: Grace McKee marries Doc Goddard in Las Vegas.
September: Norma Jeane begins fourth grade.
5 December: After a visit from Ida Bolender which upsets Norma Jeane, Grace writes to the orphanage asking that no one visit the orphanage.
Gladys escapes from Norwalk State Hospital but is found and returned.
25 December: RKO studios invite the orphanage to visit the studio, eat ice cream and watch a movie.
26 February: Grace files papers to become Norma Jeane’s legal guardian.
26 March: Grace is granted as Norma Jeane’s legal guardian.
Spring: Gladys is moved to Agnews State Hospital.
1 June: Norma Jeane turns ten.
21 June: Grace makes the last payment to the orphanage for Norma Jeane’s care.
September: Norma Jeane begins fifth grade at Vine Street School.
20 February: On the Orphanage’s report for Norma Jeane it states: “Sometimes she seems anxious and then she begins to stutter. Norma Jean [sic] is also prone to coughing fits and frequent colds… if she’s not treated with much patience and constantly reassured, she is prey to panic attacks. I would recommend for her a strong and good family.”
26 February: Grace signs the documents to prepare for Norma Jeane’s release from the orphanage.
1 June: Norma Jeane turns eleven.
September: Norma Jeane begins sixth grade at Lankershim School.
March: Grace visits Norma Jeane at Ida Martin’s home. She discovers her mother has attempted to escape from the hospital and has been transported to Agnew State Asylum, an institution specialising in mental disorders, near San Francisco.
The attempted escape occurred due to a moment of confusion.
Gladys had received a telephone call from Edward Mortenson, her second husband. Gladys had believed he was dead since 1929. This is because a man with the same name had died in a motorcycle accident in Ohio. Because of this, Gladys tried to leave the Norwalk hospital to join her husband.
Norma Jeane moves into the home of Ruth and Alan Mills, friends of Grace.
June: Norma Jeane moves to Grace’s brother’s home. The Atchinsons (Bryan and Lottie) aren’t particularly interested in her. She finishes sixth grade.
Norma Jeane is sexually assaulted by her cousin Jack Martin, according to Norman Rosten and others.
1 June: Norma Jeane turns twelve. Grace treats her to a new dress, makeup and hairstyling. She has a professional photo taken.
August: Ida Martin receives her final payment for caring for Norma Jeane.
Norma Jeane starts the seventh grade at Sawtelle Boulevard School.
Norma Jeane finishes seventh grade at Sawtelle Boulevard School.
1 June: Norma Jeane turns thirteen.
September: Norma Jeane starts eighth grade at Emerson Junior High School.
February: Ana’s health begins deteriorating quickly.
June: Norma Jeane begins socialising and starts dating Chuck Moran.
1 June: Norma Jeane turns fourteen.
December: Due to Ana’s poor health, Norma Jeane returns to the Goddards.
1 June: Norma Jeane turns fifteen.
27 June: Norma Jeane graduates from Emerson Junior High, completing the ninth grade.
September: Norma Jeane starts Van Nuys High School.
February: The Goddards prepare to move to Huntington, West Virginia but are unable to take Norma Jeane, so she was required to either go back to the orphanage or get married. Norma Jeane is offered two choices. Go back to the orphanage or marry James Dougherty (Jim). She later said, “In the state of California a girl can get married at sixteen. So I had a choice: go to a home till I was eighteen or get married. And so I got married.” Before the marriage takes place Norma Jeane moves back in with Aunt Ana who is currently suffering from health issues.
March: The Goddards leave California and move to West Virginia. Jim’s mother, Ethel, approaches Jim and discusses the agreement to marry Norma Jeane. He thought it over and agreed. The couple made an effort to date and spend time together. He takes her shopping for an engagement ring.
May: Norma Jeane drops out of University High School, something she always regretted.
1 June: Norma Jeane turns sixteen.
7 June: Norma Jeane and Jim look for a place to rent and find a one-room bungalow at 4524 Vista Del Monte in Sherman Oaks. They sign a six-month lease.
14 September: Norma Jeane writes to Grace Goddard which implies Grace had informed her of her real father’s identity (Stanley Gifford). It was sold in 2011 for $52,460.
Spring: The Dougherty’s move to 14223 Bessemer Street.
1 June: Norma Jeane turns seventeen.
22 May: Norma Jeane begins working in the paint department.
1 June: Norma Jeane turns eighteen.
December: Jim spends the holidays with Norma Jeane.
1 June: Norma Jeane turns nineteen.
2 September: Norma Jeane and other models have test shots done at the Ambassador Hotel.
December: Norma Jeane spends a month in Death Valley, Mojave Desert and Yosemite with De Dienes. During the trip, his photography equipment was stolen. Norma Jeane also met with her mother who had been released from the asylum and was now living with Dora Graham (Gladys’s aunt). The road trip had been somewhat of a disaster, leaving Norma Jeane incredibly upset. Before Jim left home again to return to the Merchant Marines he gave Norma Jeane the ultimatum of modelling or being his wife.
March: Norma Jeane sends money to Gladys so she can come to Los Angeles and live with her and Jim (which Jim is not informed of).
16 March: Jim returns home and finds Gladys. Due to the small apartment, he stays with Ethel.
April: Norma Jeane takes part in a fashion show at the Ambassador Hotel.
1 June: Norma Jeane turns twenty.
1 July: Norma Jeane telegrams Emmeline Snively informing her she has the measles.
Summer/Fall: Marilyn models for Group 13, a group of inspiring amateur photographers.
30 January: Marilyn is advertised as a babysitter who was recently signed by the studio.
End of March: Marilyn is photographed advertising the Pacific Coast Antique Show with a cat.
15 April: Marilyn is one of 17 starlets to win a success award.
1 June: Marilyn turns twenty-one.
26 May: Marilyn attends the premiere of The Emperor’s Waltz with Mickey Rooney at the Paramount Hollywood Theatre.
1 June: Marilyn turns twenty-two.
Marilyn films her scene in Love Happy.
February: Natasha Lytess and Marilyn have a photo session with J.R Eyerman.
1 June: Marilyn turns twenty-three.
5 August: Marilyn does costume tests for Ticket to Tomohawk.
22 August: Marilyn films Ticket to Tomahawk.
31 December: Marilyn spends new Year’s Eve with Johnny Hyde at the Racquet Club in Palm Springs.