Little Norma Jeane Baker at the age of two in a full size portrait (1928). I love her baby photos, too adorable.
The name on her birth certificate read Norma Jeane Mortenson, but she went by Baker. She grew up without a father, and dreamt about him daily. From her Marie Claire interview with Georges Belmont (1960), she said:
"It's true that I was born illegitimate. But everything that's been said about my father, or my fathers, is wrong. My mother's first husband was named Baker. Her second was Mortensen. But she'd been divorced from both of them by the time I was born. When I was very young, I was always told that my father was killed in a car crash in New York before I was born. Anyway, my name was Norma Jeane Baker. It was in all my school records. Everything else that's been said is crazy."
Marilyn tried to reach out to her father later in life after she became "Marilyn Monroe." But he didn't want anything to do with her.