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13 Famous People Who Were Adopted


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Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe spent two years in an orphanage.
Marilyn Monroe spent two years in an orphanage.
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Born in 1926 to a single mother with a less than stable mental state, legendary screen siren Marilyn Monroe lived in many foster homes as a young girl and spent two years in an orphanage. When she was barely 16, she had the option of another orphanage or marriage. Monroe chose marriage to merchant marine James Dougherty, whom she remained married to for four years. In the years following her rocky beginnings, the blonde bombshell would nab a place in American culture unparalleled before or since.

Keep reading to find the final five celebrities on our list of famous people who were adopted.