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Classic Facts About Marilyn Monroe

Shraboni Sen Kar Nov 10, 2020
Marilyn Monroe - an actress, comedienne, singer, and model. Even nearly 6 decades after her death, her legacy lives on in the hearts of the fans. Let's answer some questions and test your MM knowledge.
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On her birth certificate, Monroe’s name is listed as Norma Jeane Mortenson. She modeled under the names Jean Norman and Mona Monroe. She only legally changed her name to Marilyn Monroe in March 1956, when she was already a star.
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In 1962, Marilyn was fired by Twentieth Century-Fox from the production of Something’s Got to Give because of her chronic lateness and no-shows.
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The piano had originally been bought by Marilyn’s mother when she was young, and sold after she had her breakdown, but Marilyn eventually found it and bought it back, keeping it with her until her death. Mariah Carey, the singer, bought the piano for $662,500.
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Monroe was born at the Los Angeles County Hospital in Los Angeles, California, on June 1, 1926.
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At the age of 16, when Monroe got married, she became a homemaker for a while, but ended up working at the Radioplane Munitions Factory in Van Nuys during WWII. That’s where she was spotted by photographer David Conover, who helped jump start her pin-up modeling career.
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In this famous scene from 'The Seven Year Itch', Monroe is standing above a subway grate while air blows up her white dress. It became one of the most famous scenes/photographs of her career.
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Marilyn had an unorthodox childhood, leading her to become shy and withdrawn. Because of her shy tendencies, Monroe ended up developing a stutter which made her even more reserved with people.
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Monroe became Playboy’s very first cover girl and centerfold for their premiere issue in December 1953. The photo set even featured a scandalous nude photo of Monroe, taken before she was famous, in 1949.
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Monkey Business was the 1952 comedy which starred Cary Grant, a whole bunch of chimpanzees, and Marilyn Monroe. It showcases her as a classic ditzy blonde character.
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Monroe and playwright Arthur Miller got married in 1956. Miller is best known for plays like Death of a Salesman, A View From the Bridge, and The Crucible.
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Marilyn Monroe had a minor nose job done in 1950. The surgery left her nose a bit more lifted, with the extra cartilage being placed into her chin to enhance her jaw line.
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This is a debate that will probably never see a conclusion. In Monroe’s biography, it is insinuated that she did have an affair with both of the Kennedy brothers while they were each married.
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Marilyn Monroe was actually an early yoga devotee! She was taught by Indra Devi, a Swedish-Russian Bollywood film star who also taught actresses, Greta Garbo and Gloria Swanson.
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Andy Warhol first painted Monroe’s visage in the ‘60s, and her face is a popular subject when it comes to screen-prints and other reproductions of his work.
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Despite many conspiracy theories pointing towards murder, the coroner found that Monroe had died by suicide via an overdose of barbiturates—acute barbiturate poisoning. The amount of medication in her body was several times over the lethal limit.
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