Like many aspiring actresses, Norma Jeane Dougherty worked as a model. In 1946, just nineteen at the time and working for the Blue Book Agency, she was hired by artist Earl Moran. Their pairing created many successful images; the two worked together for several years and developed a genuine friendship. Soon after meeting Moran, Norma Jeane's life changed dramatically; she started landing acting jobs. Though it wasn't her idea, and the new moniker wasn't to her liking, Norma Jeane changed her name to Marilyn Monroe.
Earl and Norma Jeane