50 Bombshell Facts About Marylin Monroe

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26Kennedy and Monroe’s Pic

Only one picture exists of John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe together. The Secret Service prohibited pictures of the two from being taken due to fears of the affair. The photo was drying when the Secret Service confiscated every picture Stoughton took of them. He kept it a secret for Jackie Kennedy.


27. Marilyn Monroe married a police officer named James Dougherty on June 19th, 1942, just 18 days after her 16th birthday.


28. On the last day of filming “The Misfits(1961)”, Clark Gable said regarding Marilyn Monroe, “Christ, I’m glad this picture’s finished. She damn near gave me a heart attack.” On the next day, Gable suffered a severe coronary thrombosis. He died in hospital from a heart attack just 10 days later.


29. Marilyn Monroe was terrible at learning lines. It took her 60 takes to deliver the line “It’s me, Sugar”, in ‘Some Like it Hot.’


30. Hugh Hefner published nude pictures of Marilyn Monroe without her permission in the first edition of Playboy magazine. He later purchased the crypt beside hers even though they had never met in life. He is now buried next to her.


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31Monroe's Calendar Pics

Marilyn Monroe never intentionally posed for the first issue of Playboy. Hefner paid $500 to a Chicago calendar company for the photos which were taken 4 years earlier. Marilyn was paid $50 for the initial shoot and had to buy a copy of the magazine herself to see the photos.


32. Marilyn Monroe got her chin surgery after she overheard someone call her “a chinless wonder” at a party, behind her back.


33. In the famous sidewalk grate photograph from ‘The Seven Year Itch’, Marilyn Monroe sported two pairs of underwear, as onlookers would have been able to see through a single pair.


34. Joe DiMaggio was present during the on-location filming in New York City of his wife Marilyn Monroe’s iconic skirt lifted by the wind scene. He was so dismayed by the crowd of 2000 fans present that he filed for divorce shortly after.


35. The dress Marilyn Monroe wore on the night she sang “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” was so tight she had to be sewn into it. The dress was so tight-fitting that Monroe had difficulty putting it on and she, therefore, wore nothing under it.


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36Monroe the Spirit Helper?

The Christian cult ‘The Family International’ considers the Goddess Aphrodite, the Snowman, Merlin, the Sphinx, Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Richard Nixon, and Winston Churchill to be among the “Spirit Helpers” for the spiritual war of good versus evil.


37. Marilyn Monroe’s famous quote “can’t handle me at my worst”, in its entirety actually says: “I’m selfish, impatient a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”


38. Marilyn Monroe wasn’t the dumb blonde she portrayed herself as. People were surprised when Marilyn married the intellectual playwright Arthur Miller. It turns out, however, that she was well-read, having studied literature at UCLA, and amassing over 400 books, many of them first editions.


39. Arthur Miller and Marilyn Monroe met in 1951 and had a brief affair. When she married him at the age of 30, she converted to Judaism to “express her loyalty and get close to both Miller and his parents.” Soon after their marriage, Egypt banned all of her movies.


40. The FBI kept a file on Marilyn Monroe due to her relationship with Arthur Miller and ongoing associations with communist front organizations and known leftists.


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41Berniece Baker Miracle

Marilyn Monroe's sister Berniece Baker Miracle is still alive today at the age of 102 (as of December 2021).


42. “Something’s Got to Give” is an unfinished film that was shot in 1962. It was Monroe’s last work, but from the beginning, its production was disrupted by her personal troubles, and after her death on August 4, 1962, the film was abandoned. Had this movie been completed and released, Monroe would have been the first mainstream star shown topless in a Hollywood motion picture release of the sound era.


43. A German-born New York physician nicknamed “Miracle Max” and “Dr. Feelgood” administered amphetamines and other medications to Marilyn Monroe and several other high profile clients, including President JFK, Yul Brynner, Mickey Mantle, Elvis Presley, and Nelson Rockefeller.


44. Marilyn Monroe nearly passed away from an overdose in the Hamptons 5 years before her death.


45. When Marilyn Monroe’s third marriage with Arthur Miller ended, a year before she died, her ex-husband Joe DiMaggio desperately tried to remarry, or at least help, the troubled starlet.


46DiMaggio’s Love for Monroe

Marilyn Monroe's second husband Joe DiMaggio was so devastated after her death that he held a private funeral barring all the Hollywood elite, had half-dozen red roses delivered three times a week to her crypt for 20 years, never married again and his last words were: “I’ll finally get to see Marilyn.”


47. Los Angeles businessman Richard Poncher purchased 2 crypts from Joe DiMaggio in the 1950s. As a final wish, he asked his wife for him to be placed upside down since his crypt was above Marilyn Monroe’s. In other words, he wanted to spend all eternity on top of the legendary sex symbol. In 2009, however, his wife Elsie Poncher exhumed her husband so she could sell off his burial plot to pay off her mortgage. It sold for $4.6 million.


48. In 1962, when she died at the age of 36 of an overdose, Marilyn Monroe left most of her estate to her acting coach Lee Strasberg. When Strasberg died in 1982, his wife, Anna, who had never known Monroe, inherited her estate. In 1999, she auctioned off Monroe’s personal belongings for $14 million.


49. In 1962, LIFE magazine published an article about Lauri Rapala and his fishing lures. The cover featured recently deceased Marilyn Monroe and it became the magazine’s bestselling issue. Consequently, Rapala received millions of orders and is today the leading lure manufacturer in the world. Marilyn Monroe was therefore inducted into the Rapala fishing lure Hall of Fame.


50. Marilyn Monroe’s grave is stained pink from years of fan’s kisses.

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