Continuing the list of little known tidbits about Marilyn Monroe

Hi again! Let’s just jump right in. Here are some fun things about Marilyn that you may have never known before:

~~Marilyn was only the second woman to head her own production company (Mary Pickford was the first). She was a talented producer. Marilyn Monroe Productions, which she formed in 1955 with Milton Greene, the photographer, only solely produced one film, The Prince and the Showgirl. Marilyn showed her tenacity in winning the script: she managed to wrangle a meeting with the writer, Terence Rattigan, in New York, where he was stopping over en route to Hollywood to discuss the script with the director William Wyler, luring him from the airport to a downtown bar. When Wyler failed to make him a concrete offer, Rattigan went with Marilyn.

~~Marilyn had a fixation on Clark Gable, her co-star in The Misfits; as a young girl, Marilyn dreamed that he was her father. She said that she cried for two days when he passed away.

~~During the filming of Let’s Make Love, Marilyn’s no-shows added 28 days to the shooting time and $1 million to the budget.

~~Her career in front of the camera began when she was discovered working on the assembly line at Radioplane, a munitions factory, by a photographer named David Conover. These pictures became known as the ‘famous red sweater’ photo’s.

~~Arthur Miller’s play After the Fall is generally thought to be a thinly veiled portrayal of his marriage to Marilyn. The writer James Baldwin walked out of the play because he thought that “Maggie”, the Monroe character, was so cruelly written.

~~Her funeral was literally a riot. Hundreds of her fans rushed into the cemetery after the service and stole the flowers from the floral tributes that had been sent.

~~Marilyn’s beaded Jean Louis gown, worn when she sang Happy Birthday to President Kennedy, was sold in 1999 for £820,000. At the time, it was the record price for a single item of clothing, until Marilyn’s billowing white Seven Year Itch dress was put up for sale by Debbie Reynolds in 2011, where it made $2.8  million dollars.

~~Marilyn’s casket was open at her funeral. She wore an apple green Pucci sheath dress made of nylon jersey and a platinum wig (her head had been partially shaved during the autopsy).

~~For 20 years after Marilyn’s death, Joe DiMaggio arranged to have roses sent to her crypt three times a week.

Well, that’s all for this post and we hope you have enjoyed these tidbits. If you would, please comment below and tell us which one of the above did you find the most surprising? Also, if you have any other tidbits of your own that you would like to share, please do! Again, just comment below.

K.R. Hughes and T.L. Burns


2 thoughts on “Continuing the list of little known tidbits about Marilyn Monroe

  1. WOW how interesting. I should use her as part of my marketing strategist presentations for my degree. Hmmmm.
    “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” Henry Ford

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