Marilyn Monroe’s mother Gladys Pearl Baker: what happened to her?

Netflix Blond, a fictional biopic of famed actress Marilyn Monroe, is streaming now. With so much excitement surrounding the new movie, people have started searching for everything there is to know about the Hollywood legend. One question that keeps coming up concerns Marilyn Monroe’s mother, Gladys Pearl Baker. People want to know who she was and what happened to her. Luckily we did our research and can provide you with this information.

Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortenson in Los Angeles, California. She later became an actress under the stage name Marilyn Monroe. Studio head Ben Lyon gave her the name “Marilyn” and “Monroe” was her mother’s maiden name.

It wasn’t long before Marilyn Monroe became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 50’s and early 60’s and one of the most successful actresses in Hollywood. Unfortunately, the world didn’t see all that Monroe could do because she died of a barbiturate overdose in 1962 at the age of 36.

So where was Gladys Pearl Baker during Monroe’s rise to fame? What about after Monroe’s death? Here’s what happened to Gladys Pearl Baker.

Marilyn Monroe’s Mother: Who Was Gladys Pearl Baker?

Gladys Pearl Baker came from a poor Midwestern family who had emigrated to California. When Baker was 15, she married an abusive man named Jasper Newton Baker, who was nine years her senior. They had two children together, Robert Kermitt Baker and Berniece Baker Miracle. Due to the constant abuse, Baker divorced Jasper in 1921 and Jasper eventually kidnapped the children and took them to Kentucky.

Then, in 1924, Baker remarried a Norwegian immigrant named Martin Edward Mortensen. They divorced a few years later after Baker met Charles Stanley Gifford, her work supervisor, and had an affair. Through this affair, Baker gave birth to Marilyn Monroe. However, Baker listed Mortensen as Monroe’s father on her birth certificate.

At one point in Monroe’s life, Baker placed her with evangelical Christian foster parents Albert and Ida Bolender. Then in 1933 Baker bought a house and Monroe moved in with her. But just a year later, Baker was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and admitted to the Metropolitan State Hospital, making Monroe a ward of the court. A friend of Baker’s became Monroe’s guardian.

After his discharge from the hospital, Baker began working in a nursing home and as a housekeeper. By this time, Monroe had become an actress and would be sending money to Baker. But in 1953, Baker was committed to a sanitarium and cared for by Monroe’s manager until Monroe’s death. After Monroe died in 1962, Baker received a $100,000 trust fund from her daughter. She was to receive $5,000 a year.

Baker made several attempts to escape from the sanatorium and was later transferred to a psychiatric hospital. She remained hospitalized until 1967, when she was discharged and moved in with her daughter, Berniece.

What happened to Gladys Pearl Baker?

After Baker was under Berniece’s care and stayed with her for a while, she was transferred to a retirement home in Gainesville, Florida, not far from her daughter’s home. She remained there until her death in March 1984. According to The Cinemaholic, Baker died of heart failure at the age of 81.

Be sure to stop by Blond with Ana de Armas, which is now streaming only on Netflix. Marilyn Monroe’s mother Gladys Pearl Baker: what happened to her?

Aila Slisco

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