Marilyn Monroe was born under the name of Norma Jeane Mortenson. Not believing that Norma Jeane Mortenson would be helpful in marketing herself as an actress, she picked out a stage name or a screen name. And the question is, would I do the same if placed in Marilyn Monroe's shoes. The answer is that it already happened. I already have a screen name. I was born under the name Steven Harold Kaplan. I had my name legally changed to Steven Post Hitchcock on May 7, 1992. Naturally, I don't want to end up like Marilyn Monroe and die early at thirty-six years old from acute barbiturate poisoning. I doubt that such a thing will happen since I'm forty-three years old. Still, it's a tragedy that somebody that talented could die so early. Marilyn Monroe was born on June 1, 1926 and she died on August 5, 1962. She was Jewish. Anyway, here are some rare behind the scene photographs of Marilyn Monroe when she was in training.