The Grandmother of Marilyn Monroe.
Lois Banner wrote in her biography Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox, “Tilford Hogan was an itinerant farm laborer who worked long hours for low wages, following the harvests and doing odd jobs.”
Ted Schwarz wrote in his biography Marilyn revealed : the ambitious life of an American icon, “Tilford Marion Hogan was typical of Norma Jean’s ancestors. He was an uneducated Missouri day laborer who supported his family with a strong back and muscular arms, working the land, taking whatever jobs he could find and using his spare time to pursue the dream of a life of scholarly reflection and good works.”
Donald Spoto wrote in his biography Marilyn Monroe: The Biography “…his entire adult life was blighted by severe rheumatoid arthritis and chronic respiratory infections, conditions exacerbated by hard labor, poor diet and a ceaseless rhythm of poverty.”