Norma Jean's formal wedding picture in June of 1942, when she married James Dougherty. She was sixteen years old. She later described the wedding as a 'marriage of convenience' to avoid being sent back to the orphanage.
Clearly bored with being a housewife, Norma Jean chafed during the early years of her marriage to Jim. When he first joined the Merchant Marine and went over seas in 1944, Norma Jean began actively to pursue a modeling career and her dream of becoming a movie star. This snap of Norma Jean posing with neighbors, was taken during a trip to Catalina Island just before her husband left for overseas.
Isn't she pretty as a brunette? And imagine, all of these taken before she was even 20 years old! Wow, just wow! Have a fabulous week!