11 Lesser Known Facts About Marilyn Monroe

11 Lesser Known Facts About Marilyn Monroe

It’s been over 50 years since Marilyn Monroe passed away from taking too many sleeping pills on August 5, 1962. While she was alive, Monroe was a huge symbol of beauty and fame, but after she died, people found out she had a tough time feeling loved and accepted by everyone.

Marilyn Monroe is famous for her quotes that people share on social media, but those quotes don’t really show who she truly was. She was more than just a glamorous actress – she was a complicated person who kept a lot to herself and often felt very sad. Learning these lesser-known facts about Marilyn Monroe might make you see her in a different light.

1. Marilyn Monroe studied literature and history at UCLA.

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Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

2. Throughout her lifetime, Marilyn Monroe went by various names, including Norma Jeane, Mona, Faye, and Zelda, among others.

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Photo by Baron/Getty Images

3. Marilyn Monroe had a love for books. At the time of her death, she was reading “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

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Photo by Getty Images

4. Marilyn Monroe was the second woman to establish her own production company, appropriately named Marilyn Monroe Productions.

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Photo by Milton H. Greene

5. Marilyn Monroe was a great cook. She had impressive culinary skills, with recipes that even New York Times writers found complex and delicious.

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Marilyn Monroe in 1950

6. Marilyn Monroe never won an Academy Award, but she won many playful titles. At Emerson Junior High in 1941, she was called “Oomph Girl”. She was the first Miss Artichoke Queen in 1948 and Miss Cheesecake in 1950. By 1953, she was recognized as The Most Advertised Girl in the World.

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Photo by Milton H. Greene

7. Marilyn worked on the assembly line at a munitions factory prior to being discovered in 1945.

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Marilyn Monroe in mid-1944 at the Radioplane Company (David Conover)

8. Marilyn Monroe tried various religions. Following her marriage to Arthur Miller, she became Jewish.

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Photo by Sam Shaw

9. Just four days before her death, Monroe secured a one-million-dollar, two-picture contract with Fox.

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Everett Collection

10. Monroe was fond of animals. She had a dog named Tippy, which was the same name as the dog in “Something’s Got to Give.” Additionally, she received a Maltese terrier from Frank Sinatra, which she named Maf.

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Marilyn Monroe with her pet (Getty images)

11. Despite a difficult childhood marked by a mentally unstable mother and frequent placements in foster care, Monroe aspired to be a parent as an adult.

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Marilyn Monroe with her mother