Marilyn Monroe is one of the most iconic celebrities of all time. From the infamous Birthday song she sang to JFK, to that time her dress blew up, there seems to be little that the public don’t know about the blond bombshell. Until now, that is. It turns out, the Hollywood actress was a lot more mysterious than people have her credit for and even years after her death, we’re just scratching the surface of what she was all about.
Despite her international status, Marilyn Monroe was paid relatively poorly in comparison to other actresses of her time. Her co-star, Jane Russell, was paid around 10 times more than she was for Gentleman Prefer Blondes. It’s all in the fine print.
Before Playboy began their famous Playmate of the month feature, they looked to Hollywood’s most beloved faces. Marilyn Monroe was the obvious go-to girl in 1953 and since then, countless of stars have featured on the cover.
She might have been known as Marilyn Monroe but did you know that the actress was baptized as Norma Jean Baker? As well as that, her birth certificate states her name was Norma Jean Mortenson, she modelled under Norma Jean and Mona Monroe, she called herself Jean Adair, signed into hotels as Zelda Zonk and saw a psychiatrist as Faye Miller. Phew.
Marilyn Monroe’s untimely death shocked her former husband, Joe DiMaggio, so much that for 20 years after her death, the actor sent roses to her crypt three times per week. Now that’s love.