Marilyn Monroe – things you didn’t know

What do you think when you hear Marilyn Monroe? Blonde, chic-sexy symbol, right? Actually she became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s and, even after her death, she continues to be considered a major pop-culture icon. We know her playing comic “dumb blonde” characters, like the ones from “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” and “How to Marry a Millionaire”. 

Monroe’s private life was pretty troubled and for it received a lot of attention and gave birth to a lot of stories.  She was also highly emotionally unstable and self-centered and she struggled with substance abuse, depression and anxiety. She died at the age of 36 on August 5, 1962, from an overdose of barbiturates at her home in Los Angeles. She was a rising star in the 50s but in the 60s her career decline and personal difficulties started.

After all this time she is considered as a positive role model by many women today. But …. I don´t feel this way. In a world with strong, intelligent women leaders, I can find better “real” role models than her.

But I do find her life and career interesting and I totally agree that she is a beauty-sexy icon, but not a role model. And like I said, because I find her life interesting, today I will talk about some things that maybe not all of you know.

1. Monroe’s signature breathy speaking voice was actually a tactic the actress used to overcome a childhood stutter. A speech therapist reportedly trained her to adopt the throaty style, and it ended up becoming one of her standout traits as an actress and singer.

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2. Monroe was the chosen one to play Holly Golightly in 1961’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s. She was Truman Capote’s first choice. But Marilyn didn’t take the part in because of Paula Strasberg, her advisor and acting coach, that said she should not be playing a “lady of the evening.” Capote, author of the 1958 novella, was reportedly very disappointed that the studio went with Hepburn, saying, “Paramount double-crossed me in every way and cast Audrey.”

3. Marilyn was relatively poorly paid. Jane Russell was paid around 10 times as much as Marilyn when they co-starred in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Her salary for her final unfinished film, Something’s Got to Give, was $100,000. Compare that with Elizabeth Taylor, who was getting a million dollars for Cleopatra; or even Marilyn’s co-star in the film, Dean Martin, who was on $500,000.

4. The nude, crystal-covered gown Monroe wore to sing “Happy Birthday” to John F. Kennedy in 1962 was so tight, she had to be sewn into the dress. It was skin-colored, and it was covered with brilliant crystals.‘Happy biiiiirthday to youuuu’ – Monroe’s dress sold at auction in 1999 for $1.26 million, setting a record price for a single item of clothing.

5. Speaking of auctions, there is a number of celebrities that have purchased Monroe mementos. Mariah Carey bought the actress’s white baby grand piano, which originally belonged to Monroe’s mother, for $662,500 in 1999 –  (The estimate had been $10,000-$15,000).

6. Though Monroe appeared on the very first edition of Playboy, in 1953, the magazine’s  founder, Hugh Hefner, never met the starlet. Hugh Hefner owns the burial vault next to Marilyn at the Westwood Memorial Park in Los Angeles. He bought it in 1992 for $75,000.

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

 

Interesting right? till next time girls

XOXO 💋

the stylish confident

 

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