Here are nine things that you may have not known about Marilyn Monroe! Some fun, some quirky and some just plain peculiar!
The dress Marilyn wore to sing her famous rendition of “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” on May 19, 1962, was so tight it had to be sewn on her 37-23-36 curves. It was sold at auction in 1999 for $1,267,500.00.
Marilyn’s first modeling job at the Radioplane Corporation factory for an article on “Women in War Work” paid only $5.00.
She had a space between her front teeth and wore a little cap to hide it.
Her first roommate in Hollywood was actress Shelley Winters. Marilyn was 21 and Shelley was 26.
One of Marilyn’s nicknames in school while growing up was “Mouse.” “I was very quiet,” Marilyn revealed.
“You could say I wasn’t very popular.”
She was originally cast instead of Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in 1961’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” Writer Truman Capote wanted Marilyn for the part but her acting coach Lee Strasberg advised her it would be bad for her image to play a prostitute.
Marilyn was crowned Miss California Artichoke Queen in 1947.
She was “Playboy’s” first ever Playmate of the Month in 1953 after Hugh Hefner bought the rights to a 1949 nude photo shoot for the princely sum of $500.00. Hef also bought the burial vault next to Marilyn at Westwood Memorial Park in Los Angeles so he can spend eternity at her side.
Far from being the dumb blonde, she was an avid reader and had a library of more than 400 books when she died, including Tolstoy, Freud, and James Joyce.
Hope you enjoyed these tidbits as much as we did!!
The Celebration Continues!!
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K.R. Hughes and T.L. Burns