Marilyn Monroe is one of my idols! Her birthday is June 1st. Born in 1926, she would be turning 90 years old in a few weeks. I wanted to celebrate her life which was tragically cut short. I have included 19 pictures of Marilyn Monroe with quotes added from Dazzle Junction. I have also included 19 unique and exciting facts that you might not know about Marilyn Monroe.
- Although Marilyn Monroe was typecast as a dumb blond (a persona she hated), she was very intelligence with an IQ of 168.
- Several of the burial vaults near to Marilyn’s have been put on sale. When Elsie Poncher, the widow of the man in the vault above Marilyn’s, put his space up for sale on eBay, she received dozens of bids, including one for over $4 million dollars.
- Despite wide acclaim for his acting abilities, she was never nominated for an Academy Award, but she did win a Golden Globe for the role, Sugar Kane, in Some Like It Hot.
- Marilyn’s hero was Abraham Lincoln: “I used to read everything I could find about him,” she wrote in her (ghosted) autobiography, My Story. “He was the only famous American, who seemed most like me, at least in his childhood.”
- Marilyn’s estate continues to use her image for marketing magic. While Macy’s hosts a fashion line of Marilyn Monroe, there are a string of beauty spas in various cities. Marilyn Monroe’s image is also found on Burton snowboards and an app for iPhones that lets users create their Marilyn-themed memes using different portraits and quotes of the icon.
- The books she was reading at the time of her death were Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and Captain Newman MD, a novel by Leo Rosten based on the life of her psychiatrist, Ralph Greenson.
- Marilyn was one of the first women to own her production company called Marilyn Monroe Productions which unfortunately only produced one movie, The Prince and the Showgirl (1957).
- Marilyn was well-read. In her spare time, she used to take literature classes at UCLA.
- In 2011, Marilyn Monroe earned third place on Forbes annual list of Top-Earning Dead Celebrities, following Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson.
- Marilyn was a talented producer. She formed Marilyn Monroe Productions in 1955 with a photographer named Milton Green. Marilyn was instrumental in winning the script, managing to obtain a meeting with the writer, Terence Rattigan at the New York airport luring him to a nearby downtown bar. He had stopped in New York for an appointment with director William Wyler. When Wyler failed to make a concrete offer, Rattigan decided to sign with Marilyn Monroe Productions.
- Hugh Hefner owns the burial vault next to Marilyns at the Westwood Memorial Park in Los Angeles which he bought for over $73 thousand dollars in 1992.
- Marilyn Monroe was named “The Most Advertised Girl in the World” by the Advertising Association of the West in 1953. Some of the company brands she advertised for includes American Airlines, Kyron Way Diet Pills, Pabst Beer, Tan-Tan Suntan Lotion, and Royal Triton Oil.
- When Marilyn met Nikita Khrushchev, they discussed The Brothers Karamazov to which she dreamed of playing the role of Grushenka in a movie about the book.
- Although Marilyn famously sang “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” in reality she was not particularly fond of expensive jewelry, instead wearing costume jewelry except for a diamond ring and a string of pearls given to her by husband, Joe DiMaggio.
- At the height of her fame, Marilyn Monroe wrote her autobiography My Story with help from Ben Hecht, but the book was not published until over ten years after her death.
- Marilyn was married to a Merchant Marine at 16 years old and worked in the Radioplane factory in Van Nuys, where she inspected parachutes and coated airplane parts with fire retardant spray.
- One could say that we have Ronald Reagan to thank for Marilyn’s entry into modeling and show business. In June 1945, Reagan was a captain in the Army’s 1st Motion Picture Unit, doing publicity and propaganda work. He instructed David Conover, a photographer to take pictures of the girls at the Radioplane factory showing how they contributed to the war effort. That is where the photographer met Norma Jeane Dougherty, who he offered to take portfolio shots of her when learned of her dreams to become a model and actress. Conover convinced her to sign with Blue Book Modeling Agency where her famous blond hair first appeared.
- Marilyn Monroe helped change the life of Ella Fitzgerald by personally calling the owner of a popular Hollywood nightclub, Mocambo getting Ella booked although she was a black entertainer by promising to sit at the front table every night.
- Joshua Logan, who directed “Bus Stop,” was impressed enough with Marilyn Monroe to recall later that working with her was “the first time I learned that intelligence, and yes, brilliance, have nothing to do with education.”
~ Holley Jacobs