Someone (a guy) once said to me “every girl goes through a Marilyn stage”. I was like, eighteen and in fact, going through a Marilyn stage. I think it’s true, a lot of girls in some shape or form, superficially or deeply, connect with Marilyn Monroe. These days, there’s a lot of her floating around sites like Tumblr and Instagram. Her face or famous pose in the background of some inspirational quote that really, who knows if she even said or not. Admire her or not, she was a complicated woman. She had a rough childhood, struggled with her own demons and was plagued by insecurities. Imagine that. She was considered the most beautiful, sought after woman of the time and she had low self-esteem.
In honor of what would have been Ms. Monroe’s 89th birthday, here are some interesting facts you may have not known about the ever so complicated legend.
Born Norma Jean, she lived in an orphanage and had 11 sets of foster parents due to her grandmother being institutionalized.
She had an IQ of 168.
She was Playboy’s first Playmate of the Month in 1953. When she took the now famous photo in 1949, she was paid $50.
She was a fantastic cook.
She was devoted to yoga.
She was only 16 when she married her first husband.
She can be credited to helping kick start Ella Fitzgeralds career. Marilyn promised a club owner she would sit in the front row for a week if he let Ella sing. In 1955, the club was a white only facility. He accepted.
She converted to Judaism (!) after marrying Playwright Arthur Miller.
The famous white dress worn by Marilyn in the subway grate scene of The Seven Year Itch was later purchased by fellow actress Debbie Reynolds. In 2011 she auctioned it off for 5.6 million dollars.
Tommy Hilfiger bought Marilyn’s jeans from River of No Return at an auction for $37,000. He gave them as a gift to Britney Spears.
Capote wanted her to star as party girl Holly Golightly in the 1961 adaptation of his novel “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” Of course, the role went to Audrey Hepburn instead.
Monroe was infamous for being chronically late to movie sets and struggling with her lines. These problems apparently stemmed from her crippling insecurity that no one would take her seriously as an actress. Billy Wilder, who directed her twice, insisted that all the trouble she caused was worth it.
Joe DiMaggio decorated Marilyn’s grave with fresh flowers every week since her passing for 20 years. Marilyn allegedly requested the gesture, should she die first, while still married to DiMaggio. Although at the time of her death they were long since divorced, DiMaggio made good on his promise.
Apparently there was a lot more to Marilyn than just her hot bod and blonde hair. I think it’s safe to say that she was definitely misunderstood for most, if not all of her short life. The question enters my mind: had Marilyn lived a long life, would she still be as famous as she is today? Does her icon status have more to do with her mystery and the “what if” question? Is it normal that these things cross my mind on the regular? Probably not. It sounds a little morbid now that I think of it. Anywho, I hope you learned something from today’s post! I certainly did!
Until next time!