Marilyn Monroe began her carrier as model. she was actually extremely intelligent, she had an IQ of 168, and the actress hated the dumb blonde image that she had developed. That’s only the first of the things that you may not have known about Marilyn Monroe, so read on to find ten more surprising facts about the archetypal dumb blonde of the fifties:
1. She didn’t like diamonds
Even though she was famous for singing the song ‘Diamonds Are a Girl’s best Friend’, she wasn’t a fan of expensive jewellery. All of her jewellery was in fact costume jewelry with the sole exception of a string of pearls and a diamond ring given to her by Joe DiMaggio, her second husband.
2. She had a facial hair problem
Marylyn Monroe had quite a heavy fuzz beard on her a chin, but she refused to remove it. It turned out to be quite useful in her acting career as it meant that the film studios didn’t have to resort to any special effects to get that soft glow to her face that was all the rage back then.
3. She had a stammer
Monroe had a stutter all the way through her childhood and into her teens, but it disappeared, later on in her life. It returned later in her life during the filming of her final movie, ‘Something’s Got to Give’, because of the stress she was under at the time.
4. Her dresses are worth millions
Her famous dresses are now worth fortunes. The skin tight dress that she wore when she sung happy birthday song to John F. Kennedy sold for over one million dollars in 1999 and her white dress from the movie ‘The Seven Year Itch’, sold for a staggering 4.6 million in 2011.
5. She made Ella Fitzgerald a star
Initially, Ella Fitzgerald could not get a booking at the Hollywood nightclub, Mocambo, because she was black. Marylyn Monroe stepped in to help and told the nightclub club owner that, if he booked Ella Fitzgerald to play there, then Monroe would be on a front row table every night to watch. Monroe was as good, as her word, and Ella Fitzgerald was catapulted into the limelight.
6. She never won an academy award
Despite all the acclaim that she received for her acting abilities, Marylyn Monroe never received an Academy Nomination. She did however win a Golden Globe for her role of Sugar Kane in ‘Some Like it Hot’.
7. She only got $50 for her nude photographs
Marylyn Monroe was only paid fifty dollars for the famous nude photographs that appeared in Playboy magazine. They were originally taken in 1949 by photographer Tom Kelley and were to be used in a calendar. Hugh Heffner bought the photographs years later for $500 and used them in the inaugural issue of Playboy Magazine, and he went on to make millions of dollars from the photographs.
8. Flowers on her grave for 20 years
Before her death, Monroe made her husband, Joe DiMaggio, promise that he would leave flowers on her grave every week, if she died. He kept that promise for twenty years and half a dozen roses were delivered to her crypt. Three times a week.
9. She had plastic surgery
It emerged recently that Marilyn Monroe had plastic surgery. Medical records, which were sold at auction for $25,600, indicated that she had work done on her chin and possibly on her nose.
10. She did not have a happy childhood
As a child, Marylyn Monroe’s mother, Gladys, was institutionalised and the then Norma Jeane, lived an orphanage and had eleven different sets of foster parents.