It was repeatedly stated that the Mortenson girl would end up dead way too early.
She never knew her real father and she was placed in foster care at age six while her mother entered a mental institution. She was shifted from one home to another.
She was molested in one of her homes, abused and mistreated in others. Her full name was Norma Jeane Mortenson and her only goal in life was (in her words), “I want to be loved for myself.”
Her first marriage was at age sixteen. Her second marriage was to a name we all recognize – Joe DiMaggio. Then another marriage and then her Hollywood name of Marilyn Monroe was given to her at age twenty-seven while working as a model. She became a national pastime, a star, certainly in the minds of many, one to emulate.
But inside Norma Jeane felt dirty, unworthy of love following molestation, foster home after foster home, marriage after marriage. She engaged in romances with some of the most famous men of her time.
At age thirty-six, desperate for love, she reached out to talk to a friend, looking for affirmation and understanding, someone to care. But what she got was hung up on. She then swallowed a large number of pills and was found in her bed the following day dead, the phone hanging there beside her. How many more desperate calls did she make?
Loneliness is all around us. There is the widow down the street. There is the senior care home in the next town. There is a co-worker who just went through a divorce.
So many people are looking for love. Tell them about the Someone who stepped down from heaven to be their Savior and their friend. Who needs a word of affirmation or of encouragement from you today?
2 thoughts on “Dead Before Her Time”
This is Dave Lambert in Atlanta. Since you visited us in 1996 we’ve been using Called Together for pre-marital sessions.
I have a couple I’ll be meeting with soon who have quite an age difference. He is 19, she is 25. Do you have any resources to help people with age differences deal with the issues they need to think through?
Thank you so much! Good to hear from you Dave! I am sorry in that I do not have a resource to address the age differences. But it’s good to think about as I am requesting a chance to update the resource. Let me know if you have any updates in mind.