netflixdeed logo

Was Marilyn Monroe Spanish? Nationality, Father & Mother; Blonde Update!

Sep 29, 2022 @ 7:30 EDT
Found in: ,
Was Marilyn Monroe Spanish? Nationality, Father & Mother; Blonde Update!

Marilyn Monroe could speak the Spanish language but she wasn't Spanish. American by nationality, she was born on June 1, 1926, at Los Angeles County Hospital in Los Angeles, California, to Gladys Baker and Charles Stanley Gifford. While her mother was of Mexican descent, her father was later discovered to be an American by origin.

The biographical drama movie Blonde on Netflix is based on the 2000 book of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates. The movie is written and directed by Andrew Dominik. It dramatizes the life and career of Norma Jeane Mortenson, aka Marilyn Monroe, as she overcomes the challenges of a difficult upbringing to become an actress in the 1950s and early 1960s. She achieves global fame with her stage identity, but it hides all the problems she has in her personal life.

Exploitation, relationship problems, and drug addiction are hidden underneath the dazzling career of the superstar. In this fictionalized portrayal of Marilyn Monroe's life, her marriages and her friendship with President John F. Kennedy are also portrayed. Being the most renowned icon of all time, it's obvious people want to know each and every detail about her.

Similarly, many people have been curious to know if Marilyn Monroe was Spanish. She did learn and could Spanish. However, does that mean she belongs was of Spanish descent? Well, let's find it out.

Previously, we touched on if Merilyn Monroe really killed herself. Likewise, find out if she had a relationship with Charlie Chaplin's son.

Marilyn Monroe Was Not Spanish and Had No Descents From Spain as Well: Nationality, Father & Mother; Blonde Update!

No, Marilyn Monroe wasn't Spanish. Even if she had learned and could speak Spanish, she didn't have Spanish descent. She was born as Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926,  at Los Angeles County Hospital in Los Angeles, California, to 26-year-old Gladys Baker. When Marilyn was only two weeks old, she was placed in foster care, but Gladys continued to see her over the years. Additionally, she made an effort to obtain full custody of her daughter but was given a schizophrenia diagnosis and suffered from the symptoms of the mental illness.

Her mother, Gladys, was born in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico, to a working-class family from the Midwest who had moved to California at the turn of the century. Nobody knew the identity of Marilyn's father for a very long time. However, she eventually had clue about her father.

According to Charles Casillo's book, Marilyn Monroe: The Private Life of a Public Icon, it is unclear exactly what Marilyn knew, although at one point she was able to find her father. According to the book, when Marilyn called Charles Stanley Gifford to introduce herself, he replied, "I’m married, and I have a family. I don’t have anything to say to you. Call my lawyer."

According to Biography, Gladys once revealed to Marilyn that Charles Stanley Gifford, her father, was a coworker and her superior at RKO Studios. Gladys became pregnant when she was working for Charles. However, according to Marca, Martin Edward Mortensen, Gladys' former husband, was named as Marilyn's father on her birth certificate.

A DNA test on a strand of Marilyn Monroe's hair and a cheek swab from one of Charles' great-grandchildren was done in 2022, and the results showed that Charles really was Marilyn's father. According to, Charles Stanley Gifford was born in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1898, and he died in 1965. Hence, she was not Spanish as both of her parents were not Spanish and didn't have Spanish descent. Now, let's talk about her early days.

The young Norma was placed in foster care because her mother had mental health issues. Monroe became a state ward, and her mother's friend, Grace Goddard, took charge of her and her mother's affairs. In the following four years, Monroe's home underwent numerous changes.

She continued to live with the Atkinsons for the first 16 months and may have experienced sexual abuse during this time. She spent a short time with Grace and her husband, Erwin "Doc" Goddard, and two other families in the summer of 1935. Grace placed her in the Los Angeles Orphans Home in September 1935. Although her friends praised the orphanage as a superb facility, Monroe nevertheless felt abandoned.

Marilyn Monroe's legal guardian, Grace, was appointed in 1936 after being convinced by the orphanage staff that she would be happier living in a family. However, Grace did not take away Monroe from the orphanage until the summer of 1937. Because Doc sexually abused Monroe, her second stay with the Goddards only lasted a few months. After that, she briefly lived in Compton and Los Angeles with Grace's friends and family.

In September 1938, Monroe moved into a more long-term home when she started residing with Grace's aunt Ana Lower on Sawtelle's west side. She attended weekly Christian Science services with Lower while attending Emerson Junior High School. She was an average student overall, but she excelled in writing and wrote for the school newspaper. Around the beginning of 1941, Monroe moved back in with the Goddards in Van Nuys because of the elderly Lower's health issues.

Marilyn Monroe started going to Van Nuys High School in the same year. The company Doc Goddard worked for transferred him to West Virginia in 1942. Monroe was unable to leave California due to child protection rules, and she was forced to go back to the orphanage. She found a solution by getting married to James Dougherty, a factory worker, on June 19, 1942, just a few days after she turned 16.

Monroe later quit high school and settled down to be a housewife. Dougherty and she didn't get along, and she later claimed that she was dying of boredom during the marriage. When Dougherty joined the Merchant Marine in 1943, Monroe relocated with him to Santa Catalina Island where he was stationed.

Additionally, Blonde is now streaming on Netflix.

Before leaving, find out if Merilyn Monroe had two boyfriends at the same time.

Visit Netflix Deed for more interesting stories about your favorite celebs.

netflixdeed logo
Netflixdeed is not endorsed, moderated, owned by, or affiliated with Netflix or any of its partners in any capacity. The authors of this site also have no affiliation with Netflix. All promotional material including but not limited to trailers, images, and videos, are all copyrighted to their respective owners.