THE private life of a public icon inevitably becomes a topic of discussion during their time in the spotlight.
But the identity of Marilyn Monroe's father remained shrouded in secrecy for decades – until now.
Who were Marilyn Monroe's parents?
Marilyn Monroe, born Norma Jeane Baker grew up with her mom Gladys and had no father figure in her life.
The film star was placed into foster care in California at just two weeks old, although her loving mother regularly visited her.
She even tried to win custody of the youngster back several times, but failed as she was struggling with her mental health.
Gladys Baker was working at a Hollywood film-developing company when she met the man who Marilyn later claimed to be her father.
Although they were never married, they had an affair and Gladys fell pregnant at age 26, giving birth to Marilyn on June 1, 1926.
The mum reportedly never reached out to Marilyn's father, nor did she ask for money from him to support them.
It is unclear how much the blonde bombshell knew about her dad, as Gladys never openly revealed his identity.
However, Marilyn said her mother had shown her a photo of a man in a golden frame and would say, "This is your father."
Gladys went on to marry three times and listed her second husband, Martin Edward Mortensen, as Monroe's father on her birth certificate.
The couple divorced in 1928 after only four years of marriage, and Gladys solely raised Marilyn until she was seven years old.
But the mum's mental health began to deteriorate and she was later placed in a psychiatric hospital.
She was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and remained in the institution until 1984 when she died.
Marilyn was left to bounce between foster homes and an orphanage.
The star herself was diagnosed with bipolar later on in life and was admitted to the Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic in New York.
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