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) divorce.
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.
1 June: Norma Jeane turns six.
17 June: Norma Jeane has her last day at 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.”
September: Norma Jeane attends the Vine Street School.
March: After the Long Beach earthquake which took place on 10 March, Norma Jeane briefly attends Fifth Street School. Her teacher, Evelyn Gawthorp describes her as a “timid child who loved to sing.”
Spring: Norma Jeane has a 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 Marilyn is sexually assaulted. She begins to stutter.
1 June: Norma Jeane turns eight.
December: A report was written by Los Angeles General Hospital describes Gladys 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 Nellie Atkinson (George and Maude’s daughter) for Norma Jeane’s care. The Giffens who Marilyn 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 es 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 after 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.
Marilyn films Love Happy, Ticket to Tomahawk and Asphalt Jungle.
5thAugust: Marilyn completes costume tests for Ticket to Tomahawk.
22nd August: Marilyn shoots Ticket to Tomahawk.