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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Avalon was home to bride 'Before She Was Marilyn'

Catalina Island Museum curator Jeannine Pedersen holds a Getty Images photo of 17-year-old Norma Jeane Dougherty on Catalina Island. Before she was Marilyn Monroe, 16-year-old Norma Jeane Baker chose to marry James Dougherty rather than return to an orphanage.