charles stanley gifford

Marilyn, whose real name was Norma Jeane, was born to 26-year-old Gladys Baker on June 1, 1926,

The movie, which follows a fictional retelling of her life through Joyce Carol Oates' 2000 novel of the same name

focuses heavily on Marilyn’s rise to fame and her relationships with men (both real and fictional)

But plenty of people want to know more about her early life, and specifically, about her father.

Marilyn’s mom, Gladys, reportedly told her that her dad was a famous movie star,

The general consensus usually settled on one person, a man named Charles Stanley Gifford, but this theory wasn't proven until 2022

Marilyn was put into foster care when she was just two weeks old

She also tried to gain full-time custody of her daughter,