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Norma Jean Mortenson aka Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe's birth name?

MMDE: Norma Jean Mortenson

Current: Norma Jeane Mortenson

Ask most people today what Marilyn Monroe's birth name was, and they'll probably say "Norma Jean Baker". Some who know a little more might say it's "Norma Jean Mortenson". However, both are wrong.

According to todays records, she was born Norma Jeane Mortenson and baptised Norma Jeane Baker. In both cases, the Jeane ends with an "e" and is not spelt the way most remember.

In fact many people pronounce the name very differently. To them, it rhymes with "genie". Whilst the popular French derivative does sound like "Jean", it is odd that such a difference has only come to light recently. 

Goodbye Norma Jean

There is a great deal of residue showing the incorrect "Jean" spelling - check this movie, as listed on IMDb:

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Famously "discovered" working in a weapons factory in California, she dyed her hair blonde, took her grandmother's last name, "Monroe", and the rest is history.