In modern times, more and more people are growing up in homes that stray from the traditional nuclear family unit, but when Marilyn Monroe was born in June 1926, the absence of a father figure was much more taboo. Not having a father at home took a huge toll on her overall well-being, and according to multiple sources, she was constantly on the lookout for a father figure in her life. According to the biography, “Marilyn Monroe: The Private Life of a Public Icon,” “Norma Jeane would spend her life searching for this man in others, wanting to know him, loving him, passionately wanting him to love back. »
Eventually, during her starlet days, Monroe was able to get in touch with her father. Hoping to get to know him, the ‘Seven Year Itch’ star was very disappointed. “Look, I’m married and I have a family,” her father reportedly said. ” I have nothing to tell you. Call my lawyer. »
Of course, this further traumatized the actor and she would then find herself in a series of abusive relationships. “These men — some kind, but mostly cruel — were a manifestation of the father she never knew and the love she never felt strong enough,” wrote Charles Casillo, author of “Marilyn Monroe: The Private Life of a Public Icon”. “The more powerful the man, the more worthy she felt. »
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