An American singer, model, and actress, Monroe was extremely famous for performing dumb blonde characters! We have here bought 15 classic facts about this gorgeous woman that you might have never heard of.
Marilyn Monroe was extremely underpaid as compared to her peer actresses so much so that Jane Russell was paid 10 times more than Marilyn when they co-starred in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
Death before riches
In the year 1962, Monroe was fired by the Twentieth-Century Fox from the production of Something’s Got to Give owing to her extreme lateness on the set and no-shows! However, just a week later, she was re-hired by them on a $1 million and two-picture deal. This would have been her highest earning project, but she died within 4 days of signing the deal.
The Forgetting Problem
Monroe found it almost impossible to learn lines, and took 60 takes to deliver the line “It’s me, Sugar” in Some Like it Hot.
Fondness for Children
Though Monroe had no children of her own, she adorned children very much and loved them, even had a yearning for a child. Though she got pregnant several times but suffered from miscarriage every time. She had close relationships with her stepchildren from her marriages to Joe DiMaggio and Arthur Miller.
The Thing With Marilyn’s Grave
Several of the burial vaults near to Marilyn’s have been put on sale. Elsie Poncher, the widow of the man in the vault above Marilyn’s, sold her husband’s spot for $4.5 million.
Beauty with Brains
Although Monroe was often typecasted as a dumb blonde girl, she was extremely intelligent with an IQ of 168.
Her weight fluctuated while shooting for the movie The Prince and the Showgirl so much that the costume designer, Beatrice Dawson, had to create facsimile dresses in different sizes.
In her memory
After she died in 1962, her ex-husband Joe DiMaggio sent roses to her crypt three times a week for 20 years.
There was an open casket at her funeral. She wore an apple green dress made of nylon jersey and a platinum wig because her head had been partially shaved during the autopsy.
A wedding that never came
She thought of re-marrying her ex-husband Joe DiMaggio when she died. In her final years, she and Joe used to read poetry together.
Happy Birthday, Mr President
The beaded gown Marilyn wore when she sang Happy Birthday to President Kennedy sold in 1999 for £820,000. She broke her own record when her billowing white Seven Year Itch dress was put up for sale in 2011, where it made £2.8 million.
Eyes off the merchandise, James
Before her marriage to Joe and Arthur Miller, she was also married to James Dougherty when she was only 16 years old. Later, Dougherty was prohibited from seeing any of Monroe’s movies by his second wife.
The Golden Look
Marilyn used a hormone cream to whiten her skin and one of the side effects of this cream was that the treatment encouraged the growth of blonde down on her face. Marilyn refused to remove this peach fuzz because she believed it gave her face a soft glow on camera.
The Yoga Fan
She was an early devotee of yoga! Marilyn was taught by Indra Devi, a Swedish-Russian Bollywood film star who also taught Greta Garbo and Gloria Swanson.
The Murder Conspiracy
She was discovered dead at her home at 12305 Fifth Helena Drive, Brentwood, California. She had a phone in one of her hands, her body was completely nude and face down, on her bed. There was no odour of drugs in her mouth, as would be consistent with suicidal pill ingestion. There was also no report of alcohol or water near the bed where she was found, as would also be typical. Marilyn’s death remains controversial and many sources believe she was murdered because she threatened to reveal details about her love affairs with John F. Kennedy and Bobby Kennedy.