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Gladys Baker wanted to raise Norma Jeane herself, but could not handle the financial or emotional responsibilities of being a single parent. A majority of the time, Norma Jeane was in state custody. She lingered in and out of foster homes and orphanages. Gladys Baker was ultimately committed to an insane asylum in 1935, while Norma Jeane once again became property of the state. Norma Jeane was both mentally and sexually abused as a child. While in her loneliness, she always dreamed of becoming a Hollywood star (Goddess --).
Norma Jeane's most stable foster home was with the McKee family. However, the McKee family did not want the responsibility of raising a fifteen-year-old teenager. Grace McKee gave Norma Jeane the option of marrying James Dougherty. Dougherty was the boy-next-door, and older than Norma Jeane. If she did not marry him, Norma Jeane would be placed back in an orphanage or foster home (Goddess --).
Upon turning sixteen, Norma Jeane was legally of age to marry Mr. Dougherty (Goddess --). They were wed on June 19, 1942 (Leaming 13). Dougherty once described Norma Jeane as a "wonderful wife, good cook, immaculate housekeeper, and...she enjoyed being married" (Goddess --). « mai multe referate din Diverse