His mother Elizabeth died from pulmonary tuberculosis when Poe was just two years old. Age: Died at 40 (1809-1849) Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America Also Ranked #2 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time #23 on People We Wish Were Still Alive #7 on The Best Writers of All Time #1 on The Best Gothic Novelists There is some discrepancies about the identity of Marilyn Monroe's father, but by all accounts, he was not present during her childhood.
Her mother was mentally unstable and placed Monroe, then known by the name Norma Jean Baker, with a foster family.
When Monroe was seven, she was declared a ward of the state.
She was raised by her mother's friend for a few years, but she later spent time in an orphanage, more foster homes, and with other family members.
Some very famous people were left orphaned after their parents died or abandoned their families.
Famous political leaders, actors, authors and musicians have all been orphans.
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