4. 1930s-1940s: Dona Drake
Going by several different stage names, the gorgeous actress settled on Dona Drake in the early 40’s. She had dark features and dark curly hair so was generally cast in ethnic roles for most of her career. She was connected to mobster Louis Amberg and was questioned about his murder by the FBI in 1936 though she claimed she didn’t know what he did for a living. This photo was taken in 1942 – while she was filming Road To Morocco – she was playing the role of an Arab woman.
3. 1938: Marilyn Monroe
Before she became a worldwide movie star, Marilyn Monroe was known as Norma Jean Baker. With dark curl, but the gorgeous full face everyone knows, she was just as beautiful as a child! It’s believed that she was around 12 years old when this photo was taken in 1938 though there is no date known – she married just 4 years later and the photo could be from after her marriage. One thing is certain, though, it’s before she bleached her hair and became the star everyone grew to love.