Today, June 19th in 1942, 16 year old Norma Jeane Baker married 21 year old James Dougherty
The marriage came about because Norma Jeane’s foster family, The Goddards, had to move to West Virginia and they were unable to take Norma Jeane with them.
Not wanting to return Norma Jeane to the orphanage, plans was made for Norma Jeane to marry Jimmy.
Norma Jeane’s Aunt Ana Lower made her wedding dress and gave her away.
Sadly her mother did not attend because she was institutionalised at the time.
The couple divorced in 1946, after only four years of marriage.
Mr. Dougherty said that their marriage was a happy and loving one while Marilyn herself stated in an interview that she thought of Jimmy like a brother.