PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- She's the face of one of America's most infamous unsolved murders- inspiring headlines, books, and even a 2006 film about her gruesome death- The Black Dahlia.
Her real name was Elizabeth Short, a 22-year-old woman with stars in her eyes and dreams of becoming a Hollywood actress. The world learned of her in 1947 when her life ended, but part of her early childhood was spent here in Maine.
According to Portland Press Herald archives and the Maine Historical Society, Short's mother was born in Milbridge and later lived in Portland where she eventually met and married Short's father in 1918. He was a traveling salesman and the family often moved back and forth between Massachusetts and Maine. Census records show Short was the third of five daughters, and one of two to be born outside of Maine- in Massachusetts in 1925. But historical records show that Short lived in Portland with her family from 1926 to at least 1928.
And the house where she lived still stands on Montreal Street in Munjoy Hill in Portland.
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