25 Facts About Marilyn Monroe That You Probably Didn’t Know

Marilyn Monroe, the woman who popularized the stereotypical “dumb blonde” in film and became one of the most famous icons of pop culture, continues to influence the world of fashion and entertainment in the twenty-first century as very few women have throughout history. In addition, her name is synonymous with the phrase “sex symbol,” and many journalists and historians have described her as the one and only “queen of pop culture.”

Unfortunately, as with many other legends and icons of the last century, Marilyn didn’t have the happiest childhood and struggled for the better part of her adulthood with depression, insomnia, and an addiction to sedatives, which eventually led to her death. Her three marriages, her speculated and scandalous relationship with John F. Kennedy, and her tragic death at age thirty-six are some of the most widely known things about her life. The following list, however, of 25 Facts About Marilyn Monroe That You Probably Didn’t Know will stimulate your interest and help you realize why there will never be another sex icon like Marilyn Monroe.

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Marilyn spent most of her early childhood in foster homes and orphanages because her mother was committed to a mental institution. Later, she lived with her mother’s best friend, Grace McKee, and her family. At sixteen, when McKee could no longer take care of her, Marilyn got married to avoid returning to the orphanage.

Marilyn MonroeSource: Marilyn Monroe: Private And Undisclosed, Image: commons.wikimedia.org
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According to her first husband, James Dougherty, she had a great love for animals and the homeless. Once, she tried to bring a cow into their home to get it out of the rain.

feeding cowsSource: Marilyn Monroe: Private And Undisclosed, Image: pixabay.com
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She was “discovered” by press photographers during a World War II photo shoot at the Radioplane plant in California owned by actor Reginald Denny. She was one of the plant’s employees.

Reginald DennySource: Marilyn Monroe: Private And Undisclosed, Image: commons.wikimedia.org
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When the budding actress Shelley Winters and Marilyn were roommates in the late 1940's in Hollywood, Shelley said that one day she had to leave and had asked Marilyn to wash the lettuce for a salad they were going to share for dinner. When she got back, Marilyn had the lettuce leaves in a small tub of soapy water and was scrubbing them clean. Apparently, Marilyn wasn’t good at cooking.

saladSource: Marilyn Monroe: Private And Undisclosed, Image: commons.wikimedia.org
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Many people might not know this, but Marilyn wasn’t her original name. On Thursday, February 23, 1956, she obtained an order from the City Court of the State of New York to legally change her birth name from Norma Jeane Mortenson to Marilyn Monroe.

courthouseSource: Marilyn Monroe: Private And Undisclosed, Image: commons.wikimedia.org


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