Marilyn Monroe Net Worth 2020: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Marilyn Monroe net worth is
$27 Million

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Marilyn Monroe Wiki Biography

Norma Jean Mortenson, more commonly known by the name of Marilyn Monroe, was an American actress, singer and a model. How rich is Marilyn Monroe? According to sources, Marilyn Monroe’s net worth is estimated to be $27 million. Named the #1 in Film’s Sexiest Women of All Time by the TV Guide Network, over the years Marilyn Monroe has become a symbol of female sexuality. One of the primary sources for Marilyn Monroe’s net worth and wealth comes from her remarkable acting career. Born in 1926, in Los Angeles, California, Marilyn Monroe began modeling for Blue Book and soon became one of its most successful models.

Marilyn Monroe Net Worth $27 Million

This brought her Ben Lyon’s attention who was an executive of the 20th Century Fox film studio at the time. Lyon offered Monroe a screen test and was the initiator behind the change of her name from Norma Jean Mortenson to Marilyn Monroe. Monroe soon received her first role in a drama film “Dangerous Years” in 1947. Marilyn Monroe’s big breakthrough came shortly after her first credited role. In 1948, she signed a contract with Columbia Pictures and soon began landing minor roles in such movies as “Right Cross”, “The Fireball” and “The Asphalt Jungle”. Monroe’s success expanded in 1952 with the scandal of her nude pictures that were leaked to the press. Even though this caused a lot of controversy that started surrounding her name, Marilyn Monroe managed to prevail and eventually became featured in the very first issue of Playboy magazine in 1953. She then appeared on a cover of Life magazine and landed several roles in the movies, including a comedy “We’re Not Married!”, “River of No Return”, “How to Marry a Millionaire” and a remarkable musical film “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” where she performed her now famous song “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friends”. Monroe’s appearances in these movies established her personality and contributed to her popularity, as well as her net worth. In the following years, Monroe achieved an international success by starring in a romantic comedy called “The Seven Year Itch”. The film featured a famous “skirt blowing” scene that soon became Monroe’s signature acting scene.

The last movie that Marilyn Monroe appeared in was a drama film by Arthur Miller called “The Misfits” that earned $4 million in the box office. Marilyn Monroe’s successful acting career was cut short in 1962 when Monroe’s psychiatrist informed the police about her death. Upon further investigation it was concluded that Marilyn Monroe died from the overdose of barbiturate poisoning, and since she has been experiencing personal problems and mental illnesses, it was stated that her death was marked by a probable attempt of suicide. At the time of her death Monroe was only 36 years old. Even though the case was closed, Monroe’s death arose many suspicions and controversy theories that are still present today. Ranked as the sixth greatest female star of all time, Marilyn Monroe has always been a welcomed and beloved face in the entertainment industry, a fact which is proven by the legacy that is kept despite her early passing.

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Full Name Marilyn Monroe
Net Worth $27 Million
Date Of Birth June 1, 1926
Died August 5, 1962
Place Of Birth Los Angeles, CA
Height 5′ 5″
Weight 53.5 kilograms
Profession Actress, model, singer
Education University of California, Los Angeles, Van Nuys High School, Actors Studio
Nationality American
Spouse Arthur Miller (m. 1956–1961), Joe DiMaggio (m. 1954–1955), James Dougherty (m. 1942–1946)
Parents Gladys Pearl Baker
Siblings Berniece Baker Miracle, Robert Kermitt Baker
Awards Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Golden Globe Henrietta Award for World Film Favorites, David di Donatello Golden Plate Award
Music Groups Blood On The Dance Floor
Nominations BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress
Movies Some Like It Hot (1959), The Seven Year Itch (1955)
TV Shows Premier Khrushchev in the USA, President Kennedy Birthday’s salute
# Trademark
1 Beauty spot on cheek
2 Voluptuous figure
3 Platinum blonde hair
4 Lisp, breathless voice
Title Salary
Something’s Got to Give (1962) $100 -500K
The Misfits (1961) $300,000
Some Like It Hot (1959) $300,000 + 10% gross over $4,000,000
Bus Stop (1956) $100,000 +500/week expenses
Bus Stop (1956) $100,000 + $500/week expenses
The Seven Year Itch (1955) $1,500 /wk
There’s No Business Like Show Business (1954) $1,000 /wk
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) $1,250 /wk
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) $18,000
We’re Not Married! (1952) $750 /wk
Clash by Night (1952) $500 /week
Clash by Night (1952) $500 / wk
All About Eve (1950) $500 /wk, 1-wk guarantee
The Asphalt Jungle (1950) $1,050
Love Happy (1949) $100
Ladies of the Chorus (1948) $125 /week
Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay! (1948) $75 /week
Dangerous Years (1947) $75 /week
The Shocking Miss Pilgrim (1947) $75 /week
# Quote
1 To everyone who thinks they’re ugly because they’re not a size 0, you’re the beautiful one and it’s society that’s ugly.
2 Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.
3 The public doesn’t mind people living together without being married, providing they don’t overdo it.
4 Men who think that a woman’s past love affairs lessen her love for them are stupid. A woman can bring a new love to each man that she loves, providing that there are not too many.
5 I want the world to see my body.
6 I have always felt comfortable in blue jeans. I have found it interesting, however, that people also whistle at blue jeans. I have to admit that I like mine to fit. There’s nothing I hate worse than baggy blue jeans.
7 Let yourself go, the pleasure of physical movement is so important. If that’s a problem, you say to yourself, what is there that I am afraid of, or hiding? Maybe your libido!
8 Fame is like caviar. It’s good to have caviar, but not every damned day!
9 Creativity has got to start with humanity and when you’re a human being, you feel, you suffer.
10 There is nothing positive about being fat. And there is nothing positive about loving yourself. We all need to conform to society’s expectations of who we are and if we don’t, who will? Life is more enjoyable when you are thin and pretty. I was never fat a day in my life and I never will.
11 For the first family I lived with, to go to a movie was a sin. Every night I was told to pray that I would not wake up in hell.
12 People had a habit of looking at me like I was some kind of mirror instead of a person. They didn’t see me, they saw their own lewd thoughts, then they white-masked themselves by calling me the lewd one.
13 I’m for the individual as opposed to the corporation. The way it is the individual is the underdog, and with all the things a corporation has going for them the individual comes out banged on her head. The artist is nothing. It’s really tragic.
14 We are all born sexual creatures, thank God, but it’s a pity so many people despise and crush this natural gift.
15 Who said nights were for sleep?
16 I remember when I got the part in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Jane Russell, she was the brunette in it and I was the blonde. She got $200,000 for it, and I got my $500 a week, but that to me was, you know, considerable. She, by the way, was quite wonderful to me. The only thing was I couldn’t get a dressing room. I said, finally, I really got to this kind of level, I said, “Look, after all, I am the blonde, and it is Gentlemen Prefer Blondes!” Because still they always kept saying, “Remember, you’re not a star.” I said, “Well, whatever I am, I am the blonde!”
17 When it comes down to it, I let them think what they want. If they care enough to bother with what I do, then I’m already better than them.
18 I sleep in the nude but I pull the sheets up.
19 I think that sexuality is only attractive when it’s natural and spontaneous.
20 It might be kind of a relief to be finished. It’s sort of like you don’t know what kind of a yard dash you’re running, but then you’re at the finish line and you sort of sigh – you’ve made it! But you never have. You have to start all over again.
21 [why she converted to Judaism] I believe in everything a little, and if I have kids, I think they should be Jewish. Anyway, I can identify with the Jews. Everybody’s out to get them no matter what they do.
22 Drugs pull you down and shut the lid on life. Pot opens everything up. All the anxieties, the creepy crawly blues, it all just drifts away and you can slowly remember what it feels like to be alive. Even more importantly, you can take a step back from the crap that’s flying and see what really is important, which of the many things in your life really deserves worrying about. Not much!
23 Nearly everyone I knew talked to me about God. They always warned me not to offend Him.
24 I have favorite motion-picture stars, like everyone else. You know who mine are? My favorite is Marlon Brando. I mean, really, I believe we’d be an interesting combination. I’ve said that about Marlon for a long time, but we haven’t found the right story. Can you imagine us on the big screen? I hope something happens soon. Greta Garbo, I’ve never met her. It really bugs me when I miss one of her films on TV. Oh, if you could only get me to meet her! I’ve also heard wonderful things about Jeanne Eagels and Laurette Taylor. And the one they called the Blond Bombshell: Jean Harlow. Kay Kendall was a great comedian. She was really talented. I would have loved working with Gerard Philipe, the handsome French star- his films I’ve been told were a huge success in France, as were his stage plays. I was told he wanted to make films with me. Oh, what a shame we never got the opportunity. We would have made an interesting team. What a shame. He was so young to die; he was thirty-six. He had been ill and apparently died of a heart attack.
25 People always ask me if I believe diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Frankly, I don’t.
26 What the world really needs is a real feeling of kinship. Everybody: stars, laborers, Negroes, Jews, Arabs. We are all brothers. Please don’t make me a joke. End the interview with what I believe.
27 As long as I can remember, I’ve always loved people.
28 [on homosexuality] No sex is wrong if there’s love involved.
29 Executives can get colds and stay home and phone in – but the actor? How dare you get a cold or a virus! I wish they had to act a comedy with a temperature and a virus infection! I’m there to give a performance, not to be disciplined by a studio. This isn’t supposed to be a military school, after all.
30 How or why I can act – and I’m not sure I can – is the thing for me to understand. The torture, let alone the day to day happenings – the pain one cannot explain to another.
31 The other girls rode to school in a bus. I had no nickel to pay for the ride. Rain or shine, I walked the two miles from my “aunt’s” home to the school. I hated the walk, I hated the school. I had no friends. The pupils seldom talked to me and never wanted me in their games. Nobody ever walked home with me or invited me to visit their homes. This was partly because I came from the poor part of the district where all the Mexicans and Japanese lived. It was also because I couldn’t smile at anyone.
32 Suicide is a person’s privilege. I don’t believe it’s a sin or a crime, it’s your right if you do. Though it doesn’t get you anywhere.
33 When you’re young and healthy you can plan on Monday to commit suicide, and by Wednesday you’re laughing again.
34 I’ve often stood silent at a party for hours listening to my movie idols turn into dull and little people.
35 [on shooting the famous scene in The Seven Year Itch (1955) where wind from the subway beneath blows her skirt up] At first it was all innocent and fun, but when Billy Wilder kept shooting the scene over and over the crowd of men kept on applauding and shouting, ‘More, more Marilyn – let’s see more.’ What was supposed to be a fun scene turned into a sex scene.
36 Boys think girls are like books, If the cover doesn’t catch their eye they won’t bother to read what’s inside.
37 I knew I belonged to the public and to the world, not because I was talented or even beautiful, but because I had never belonged to anything or anyone else.
38 I have feelings too. I am still human. All I want is to be loved, for myself and for my talent.
39 I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
40 I love to do things that censors won’t pass.
41 The body is meant to be seen, not all covered up.
42 I won’t be satisfied until people want to hear me sing without looking at me.
43 [on Arthur Miller’s script for ‘The Misfits’] Arthur did this to me. He could have written anything and he comes up with this. If that’s what he thinks of me, well, then I’m not for him and he’s not for me. Arthur says it’s his movie. I don’t think he even wants me in it.
44 I did what they said and all it got me was a lot of abuse. Everyone’s just laughing at me. I hate it. Big breasts, big ass, big deal.
45 It was the creative part that kept me going, trying to be an actress. I enjoy acting when you really hit it right.
46 It’s better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone.
47 Hollywood is a place where they’ll pay you $50,000 for a kiss and 50c for your soul.
48 [on Peter Lawford] I have a need to be frightened and nothing really in my personal relationships and dealings lately have been frightening me, except for him. I felt very uneasy at different times with him, the real reason I was afraid of him is because I believe him to be homosexual…Peter wants to be a woman and would like to be me, I think.
49 I have always been deeply terrified to really be someone’s wife since I know from life one cannot love another, ever, really.
50 Arthur Miller wouldn’t have married me if I had been nothing but a dumb blonde.
51 [on Marlon Brando] He’s very sweet and tender, not at all the Stanley Kowalski rapist people think he is.
52 [on Sunday being the loneliest day of the week for her] All the men I know are spending the day with their wives and families, and all the stores in Los Angeles are closed. You can’t wander through looking at all the pretty clothes and pretending to buy something.
53 [on John F. Kennedy] When he has finished his achievements, he will take his place with Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and [Franklin D. Roosevelt] as one of our greatest Presidents. I’m glad he has [Robert F. Kennedy]. It’s like the Navy. The President is the Captain and Bobby is his Executive Officer. Bobby would do absolutely anything for his brother. And so would I. I’ll never embarrass him. As long as I have memory, I have John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
54 [on James Joyce and the character of Molly Bloom in Ulysses] Here is Joyce writing what a woman thinks to herself. Can he, does he really know her innermost thoughts? But after I read the whole book, I could better understand that Joyce is an artist who could penetrate the souls of people, male or female. It really doesn’t matter that Joyce doesn’t have…or never felt a menstrual cramp. To me Leopold Bloom is a central character. He is the despised Irish Jew, married to an Irish Catholic woman. It is through them Joyce develops much of what he wants to say. Do you agree that the scene where Bloom is looking at the little girl on the swing is the most erotic in the book?
55 [on Sigmund Freud] I read his “Introductory Lectures,” God, what a genius. He makes it so understandable. And he is so right. Didn’t he say himself that [William Shakespeare] and [Fyodor Dostoevsky] had a better understanding of psychology than all the scientists put together? Damn it, they do.
56 When Clark Gable died, I cried for 2 days straight. I couldn’t eat or sleep.
57 [on Laurence Olivier on the set of The Prince and the Showgirl (1957)] Olivier came into my dressing room to give me hell for screwing up. I soothed him by telling him I thought his Hamlet (1948) was one of the greatest films ever made. You know he won an Oscar for it.
58 Speaking of Oscars, I would win overwhelmingly if the Academy gave an Oscar for faking orgasms. I have done some of my best acting convincing my partners I was in the throes of ecstasy.
59 [on Mae West] A nice lady even though she turned down making a picture with me. That just shows how smart she is.
60 [on Frank Sinatra] He is a man at the top of his profession and is a fine actor as well. You know, he got an Oscar for From Here to Eternity (1953). He has helped more people anonymously than anybody else. And the miserable press smears him with lies about his being involved with the Mafia and gangsters. And Frank just takes it.
61 Personally, I react to Marlon Brando. He’s a favorite of mine.
62 [on Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift] Marlon’s kinda hard to tie down, they say. He’s never sure what he wants to do. He and Monty Clift have a lot in common, though they’re totally different people, but they don’t plan their careers too well and they’re not ambitious enough for their talents.
63 I’ve never liked the name Marilyn. I’ve often wished that I had held out that day for Jean Monroe. But I guess it’s too late to do anything about it now.
64 [about Montgomery Clift] He’s the only person I know that is in worse shape than I am.
65 I want to be an artist… not an erotic freak. I don’t want to be sold to the public as a celluloid aphrodisiacal.
66 Talent is developed in privacy… but everybody is always tugging at you. They’d all like sort of a chunk at you. They’d kind of like to take pieces out of you.
67 I restore myself when I’m alone. A career is born in public — talent in private.
68 [on John F. Kennedy] It would be so nice to have a president who looks so young and good-looking.
69 I’ve never dropped anyone I believed in.
70 I want to be an artist, an actress with integrity.
71 [Johann Wolfgang von Goethe] said, “Talent is developed in privacy”, you know? And it’s really true. There is a need for aloneness which I don’t think most people realize for an actor. It’s almost having certain kinds of secrets for yourself that you’ll let the whole world in on only for a moment, when you’re acting.
72 [on stardom] It scares me. All those people I don’t know, sometimes they’re so emotional. I mean, if they love you that much without knowing you, they can also hate you the same way.
73 I used to say to myself, “What the devil have you got to be proud about, Marilyn Monroe?” And I’d answer, “Everything, everything”.
74 The trouble with censors is they worry if a girl has cleavage. They ought to worry if she hasn’t any.
75 I used to think as I looked at the Hollywood night, “There must be thousands of girls sitting alone like me, dreaming of becoming a movie star. But I’m not going to worry about them. I’m dreaming the hardest.”
76 Wouldn’t it be nice to be like men and get notches in your belt and sleep with most attractive men and not get emotionally involved?
77 You know, when you grow up you can get kind of sour, I mean, that’s the way it can go.
78 I was never used to being happy, so that wasn’t something I ever took for granted. I did sort of think, you know, marriage did that. You see, I was brought up differently from the average American child because the average child is brought up expecting to be happy – that’s it, successful, happy, and on time.
79 Some people have been unkind. If I say I want to grow as an actress, they look at my figure. If I say I want to develop, to learn my craft, they laugh. Somehow they don’t expect me to be serious about my work.
80 There was my name up in lights. I said, “God, somebody’s made a mistake!” But there it was in lights. And I sat there and said, “Remember, you’re not a star”. Yet there it was up in lights.
81 An actor is supposed to be a sensitive instrument. Isaac Stern takes good care of his violin. What if everyone jumped on his violin?
82 [on her famous nude calendar pose in 1949] My sin has been no more than I have written, posing for the nude because I desperately needed 50 dollars to get my car out of hock.
83 If I play a stupid girl, and ask a stupid question, I’ve got to follow it through. What am I supposed to do, look intelligent?
84 My illusions didn’t have anything to do with being a fine actress. I knew how third rate I was. I could actually feel my lack of talent, as if it were cheap clothes I was wearing inside. But my God, how I wanted to learn, to change, to improve!
85 Fame is fickle, and I know it. It has it’s compensations but it also has it’s drawbacks, and I’ve experienced them both.
86 It stirs up envy, fame does. People you run into feel that, well, who does she think she is, Marilyn Monroe? They feel fame gives them some kind of privilege to walk up to you and say anything to you, you know, of any kind of nature – and it won’t hurt your feelings.
87 I’m a failure as a woman. My men expect so much of me, because of the image they’ve made of me and that I’ve made of myself, as a sex symbol. Men expect so much, and I can’t live up to it.
88 It’s often just enough to be with someone. I don’t need to touch them. Not even talk. A feeling passes between you both. You’re not alone.
89 I want to grow old without face-lifts… I want to have the courage to be loyal to the face that I have made.
90 If I had observed all the rules, I’d never have gotten anywhere.
91 To put it bluntly, I seem to have a whole superstructure with no foundation. But I’m working on the foundation.
92 The truth is I’ve never fooled anyone. I’ve let people fool themselves. They didn’t bother to find out who and what I was. Instead they would invent a character for me. I wouldn’t argue with them. They were obviously loving somebody I wasn’t. When they found this out, they would blame me for disillusioning them—and fooling them.
93 A sex-symbol becomes a thing, I just hate being a thing. But if I’m going to be a symbol of something I’d rather have it sex than some other things we’ve got symbols of.
94 People had a habit of looking at me as if I were some kind of mirror instead of a person. They didn’t see me, they saw their own lewd thoughts, then they white-masked themselves by calling me the lewd one.
95 I knew I belonged to the public and to the world, not because I was talented or even beautiful, but because I never had belonged to anything or anyone else.
96 Fame will go by and, so long, I’ve had you, Fame. If it goes by, I’ve always known it was fickle.
97 Sex is a part of nature. I go along with nature.
98 Dogs never bite me. Just humans.
99 In Hollywood a girl’s virtue is much less important than her hairdo. You’re judged by how you look, not by what you are. Hollywood’s a place where they’ll pay you a thousand dollars for kiss, and fifty cents for your soul. I know, because I turned down the first offer often enough and held out for the fifty.
100 No one ever told me I was pretty when I was a little girl. All little girls should be told they’re pretty, even if they aren’t.
101 I’ve been on a calendar, but never on time.
102 A dollar for your thoughts…
103 Sometimes I think it would be easier to avoid old age, to die, young, but then you’d never complete your life, would you? You’d never wholly know yourself…
104 A career is wonderful, but you can’t curl up with it on a cold night.
105 I’m not interested in money, I just want to be wonderful.
106 [on her early marriage to James Dougherty] Grace McKee arranged the marriage for me, I never had a choice. There’s not much to say about it. They couldn’t support me, and they had to work out something. And so I got married.
107 [on drifting in and out of orphanages when she was little] The world around me then was kind of grim. I had to learn to pretend in order to – I don’t know – block the grimness. The whole world seemed sort of closed to me . . . [I felt] on the outside of everything, and all I could do was to dream up any kind of pretend game.
108 [on her favorite actress] Jean Harlow was my idol.
109 I want to be a big star more than anything. It’s something precious.
110 [on why her marriage to Joe DiMaggio didn’t work] I didn’t want to give up my career, and that’s what Joe wanted me to do most of all.
111 [on why she divorced James Dougherty] My marriage didn’t make me sad, but it didn’t make me happy either. My husband and I hardly spoke to each other. This wasn’t because we were angry. We had nothing to say. I was dying of boredom.
112 [on why Joe DiMaggio didn’t accompany her on one of her USO tours] Joe hates crowds and glamor.
113 [on meeting Joe DiMaggio for the first time] I was surprised to be so crazy about Joe. I expected a flashy New York sports type, and instead I met this reserved guy who didn’t make a pass at me right away! He treated me like something special. Joe is a very decent man, and he makes other people feel decent, too.
114 [on living with the Bolenders when she was a little girl] They were terribly strict. They didn’t mean any harm . . . it was their religion. They brought me up harshly.
115 My problem is that I drive myself… I’m trying to become an artist, and to be true, and sometimes I feel I’m on the verge of craziness, I’m just trying to get the truest part of myself out, and it’s very hard. There are times when I think, ‘All I have to be is true’. But sometimes it doesn’t come out so easily. I always have this secret feeling that I’m really a fake or something, a phony.
116 I love a natural look in pictures. I like people with a feeling one way or another – it shows an inner life. I like to see that there’s something going on inside them.
# Fact
1 Marilyn Monroe was 36 when she was found dead in her Beverly Hills-West Hollywood home on an early Sunday morning, August 5, 1962, just less than two and a half months after she appeared at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, on a Saturday evening, May 19, 1962. The event was staged and produced by Broadway composer and lyricist Richard Adler. It was choreographed by Carol Haney of “The Pajama Game” fame. The Democratic event rally was a fund raising gala for the Democratic Party, the evening’s program highlight, a celebration of John F. Kennedy’s forty-fifth birthday, ten days before his actual birth-date on Tuesday, May 29, 1962, before 15,000 invited guests, Marilyn Monroe to sing “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” to President John F. Kennedy. Monroe sang the traditional “Happy Birthday to You” lyrics in a sultry, intimate voice, with “Mr. President” inserted as Kennedy’s name. She continued the song with a snippet from the classic song, “Thanks for the Memory”, for which she had written new lyrics specifically aimed at Kennedy. “Thanks, Mr. President, For all the things you’ve done, The battles that you’ve won, The way you deal with U.S. Steel, And our problems by the ton, We thank you so much.” That moment in New York City, as we look back on it today in a grainy video, is frozen in time with all its possibilities still before it. We see celebration, joy, life. And we know too much about the future. Maybe that’s why the gown Marilyn wore is worth $4.8 million. Because people will line up to see it, to stand next to something that once sparkled in the presence of greatness, of triumph, of happiness. The gown that broke the November 2016 auction record, was a creation of Hollywood film costume designer Jean Louis, with the original sketch executed by 19 year old costume illustrator Bob Mackie. Made of sheer silk marquisette-gauze fabric, the flesh-colored gown was hand-sewn with over 2,500 rhinestone-crystals, originally cost $1,440.33. It was tailored by an atelier so close to the body that Monroe was sewn into it before she walked onto the stage. The dress sold in 1999 at an auction in New York for over US $1.26 million. A new bidder subsequently purchased the dress in November 17, 2016. Peter Lawford was at the event that night to introduce Monroe. He made a play on the actress’s reputation for tardiness by giving her a number of introductions throughout the night, building anticipation, after which she did not appear on stage. When Monroe finally appeared in a spotlight, Lawford introduced her as the “late Marilyn Monroe”. Monroe peeled off her white ermine fur coat, revealing the dress, and the audience gasped. The film video of the event when actor Peter Lawford includes the downright eerie introduction of Monroe’s missed cue for her entrance. “Mr. President,” Lawford says, leaning into the microphone, “the LATE Marilyn Monroe.” As Lawford takes her white ermine coat, a thousand voices in the audience let out a gasp of “Oh!” at the sight of the gown, and the woman underneath it. According to Los Angeles’ Julien’s Auctions, Marilyn was the only thing underneath the sheer gown, the dress was so tight that Monroe wore nothing else. Rumors of an affair between the president and the film star were sparked by the absence of Jacqueline Kennedy from the 45th birthday celebration, and by the sultry and suggestive performance. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, who rarely attended Democratic Party events, spent the day at the Loudon Hunt Horse Show with her children John-John and Caroline. “I can now retire from politics after having had ‘Happy Birthday’ sung to me in such a sweet, wholesome manner,” alluding to Marilyn’s delivery, skintight dress, and image as a sex symbol, JFK said, when he stood alone at the lectern a few minutes later. Monroe had been spirited away from the microphone while the cameras were distracted by the entrance of an enormous birthday cake carried in on the shoulders of two men in chefs’ jackets. The November, 2016, buyer Ripley’s Entertainment Inc., the company that operates “Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum” in Hollywood, California, paid $4.8 million at auction. The company plans to display the dress there and also take it on tour. In 2017, Ripley’s is celebrating its 100th year anniversary, and the “Marilyn Monroe’s ‘Happy Birthday, Mr. President’ gown” will be prominently featured, as it should be. Surviving to 100 and still overspending on dresses is something to celebrate. JFK was assassinated at age 46, eighteen months later after his Madison Square Garden 45th “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” birthday celebration, at 12: 30pm Central Time, on a Friday noon motorcade parade, November 22, 1963, in Dealy Plaza in Dallas, Texas.
2 In November 2016, the dress worn by Monroe while singing “Happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy at his 1962 birthday celebration was sold for $4.8 million, a record amount for a dress sold at auction. This surpassed the previous record for a dress sold at auction, which was also held by a dress worn by Monroe: the white dress she wore in The Seven Year Itch (1955) fetched $4.6 million in 2011.
3 Became friends with Exotic Animal Trainer Ralph Helfer while working together in the movie River of No Return (1954) and got very attached to his Raccoon named Bandit.
4 In order to fall asleep quicker and stay asleep longer she often mixed champagne with sleeping pills.
5 One of Hajime Sorayama’s “Gynoids” is based on her iconic pose from “The Seven Year Itch”.
6 Egypt banned all her films after her conversion to Judaism in 1956.
7 Is one of 20 actresses who did not receive an Oscar nomination for their Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical Golden Globe-winning performance; hers being for Some Like It Hot (1959). The others, in chronological order, are: June Allyson for Too Young to Kiss (1951), Ethel Merman for Call Me Madam (1953), Jean Simmons for Guys and Dolls (1955), Taina Elg and Kay Kendall for Les Girls (1957), Rosalind Russell for A Majority of One (1961) and Gypsy (1962), Patty Duke for Me, Natalie (1969), Twiggy for The Boy Friend (1971), Raquel Welch for The Three Musketeers (1973), Barbra Streisand for A Star Is Born (1976), Bernadette Peters for Pennies from Heaven (1981), Kathleen Turner for Romancing the Stone (1984) and Prizzi’s Honor (1985), Miranda Richardson for Enchanted April (1991), Jamie Lee Curtis for True Lies (1994), Nicole Kidman for To Die For (1995), Madonna for Evita (1996), Renée Zellweger for Nurse Betty (2000), Sally Hawkins for Happy-Go-Lucky (2008), and Amy Adams for Big Eyes (2014).
8 Richard Widmark on co-starring with Monroe in “Don’t Bother to Knock”: “She was a vulnerable kid. Murder to work with because she was scared to death of acting – even when she became a big movie actress. We had a hell of a time getting her out of the dressing room. When it was five o’clock , it got irritating: ‘C’mon, Marilyn, we want to go home!’ She was a movie animal. Something happened between the lens and the film. Nobody knew what the hell it was. On the set, you’d think: ‘Oh, this is impossible; you can’t print this.’ You’d see it, and she’s got everyone backed off the screen. Olivier said the same thing. She had that phenomenal something! Nobody knows what it is, but she had it. She certainly was never a professional actress. She always had a coach with her, lurking in the background, giving her signals. And she could never remember three words in a row – so it was all piece-work. Beyond all the technical deficiencies, she was a nice girl. We got along fine.”.
9 Played by Mary Hanson in Hollywood Mouth 2 (2014). The director of that film, Jordan Mohr, had portrayed Marilyn’s rival Simone Signoret in the stage play “Two Simones: de Beauvoir and Signoret in Hollywood”.
10 Was good friends with Judy Garland.
11 Director Billy Wilder was quoted as saying, “The great success of Monroe… was that she did not infuriate the female.”.
12 “Goodbye, Charlie” with Debbie Reynolds and “The Stripper” with Joanne Woodward were originally slated by Fox as Monroe projects.
13 According to the book “Flesh and Fantasy” Monroe perfected a Vaseline-based lip gloss.
14 She campaigned to play the Maria Schell role in “The Brothers Karamazov,” but she was never seriously considered.
15 Among roles that Monroe turned down under her Fox contract: “Pink Tights,” “How To Be Very, Very Popular,” “The Revolt of Mamie Stover,” “The Girl in the Red velvet Swing,’ “The Jean Harlow Story,” “The Blue Angel,” and “Can-Can.”.
16 After working with Monroe in As Young as You Feel (1951) jealous co-star Constance Bennett wisecracked, “Now there’s a broad with a future behind her!”.
17 Although Monroe’s famous nude calender grossed $750,000, the actress only got $50 and a bad cold out of it.
18 Ayn Rand wrote a powerful tribute to her, compiled in “The Voice of Reason”.
19 According to Adam Curtis’ “The Century of Self”, Monroe was in the later years subjected to an experimental kind of therapy where she was forced to attend the rituals of an average family and then expected to model her self upon the experience. Arthur Miller commented in the same documentary “I don’t think suffering is always a mistake”.
20 She was scheduled for The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing (1955), but she was thought too old at 30 when the character was supposed to be 17 so she was replaced with Joan Collins.
21 Film editor Dann Cahn recommended a young woman he was dating for the part of a beautiful young woman in Your Show Time (1949). Producer Stanley Rubin auditioned her and turned her down because she did not have enough experience. The young woman’s name was Marilyn Monroe.
22 She had the same birthday (June 1) as her former sister-in-law Joan Copeland, the younger sister of her third husband Arthur Miller.
23 Learned to play the guitar for her role in River of No Return (1954) and the ukulele for her role in Some Like It Hot (1959).
24 Monroe was a stutterer, a little known fact that was easily covered thanks to studio vocal coaches who provided her with diction lessons.
25 Was close friends with singer Ella Fitzgerald and helped her rise in her musical career by arranging for her to sing in many upscale nightclubs some of which were segregated during the time of their friendship.
26 Was a lifelong liberal Democrat.
27 Good friends with Milton H. Greene.
28 Ranked #3 in Men’s Health 100 Hottest Women of all Time (2011).
29 Read and wrote poetry.
30 Although she was an avid buyer of books and owned over 400 of them at her death, third husband Arthur Miller said, “Aside from Colette’s Cheri and a few short stories, I had never known her to read anything all the way through. She felt she could get the idea of a book, and often did, in just a few pages.”.
31 Became pregnant twice (in July 1957 and November 1958) during her marriage to Arthur Miller; on both occasions she suffered miscarriages.
32 Half-sister of Berniece and Robert Kermitt Baker (but she never knew him, because he died at 14) by her mother’s side. Sister-in-law of Paris Miracle, aunt of Mona Rae Miracle.
33 Former stepmother of Robert A. Miller.
34 Although she was perhaps the most famous actress of the 1950s decade, she never made more than $100,000 per picture upfront. Actresses such as Elizabeth Taylor and Barbara Stanwyck were earning significantly more.
35 Was in consideration for the part of Adelaide in Guys and Dolls (1955), but Vivian Blaine was cast instead.
36 Her last film Something’s Got to Give (1962), was finally released in 2003. In the swimming pool scene, Marilyn reveals much more to the camera than she did in her then controversial calendar photo from the early 1950s.
37 Featured in “Femme Noir: Bad Girls of Film” by Karen Burroughs Hannsberry (McFarland, 1998).
38 In 1961, after her divorce from Arthur Miller, she purchased a 2900 square foot hacienda style house in Brentwood, for $77,500.
39 “Time Magazine” reported in 1973 that Los Angeles County coroner Thomas Noguchi, the doctor who performed Monroe’s autopsy, said that contrary to rumors, Monroe’s stomach was never pumped after her death. The level of Nembutal in her bloodstream was 4.5 milligrams per 100, which is the equivalent of 40 or 50 capsules indicating suicide.
40 Nearly 11 years after her death, she appeared on the cover of the Tuesday, July 17th, 1973 edition of “Time Magazine” in a full-color portrait taken by Bert Stern, from the last photographic sitting before her death. The cover-story heralds the publication of “Marilyn,” the biography of her by Norman Mailer. On the cover, her image dwarfs a black & white photo of Mailer. Mailer reportedly was displeased that “Time” chose to play up Monroe and diminish him, visually on the cover. The publication of the coffee table biography, which contained many photographs including several by Stern, was a major event of that publishing season. The book retailed for $19.95, which is approximately $100 in 2008 money, when factored for inflation.
41 There are over 600 books written about her.
42 Her personal library contained over 400 books on topics ranging from art to history, psychology, philosophy, literature, religion, poetry, and gardening. Many of the volumes, auctioned in 1999, bore her pencil notations in the margins.
43 She tried 9 different shades of blonde hair color before settling on platinum blonde.
44 When she married Joe DiMaggio, the couple moved into a home at 508 N. Palm Drive in Beverly Hills, that was next door to Jean Harlow‘s last home.
45 Producer Keya Morgan owns her Bible.
46 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. McKee, a big fan of Jean Harlow, allowed her to wear make-up and curl her hair and, when she was 15, it was McKee who pierced her ears for her using a sewing needle. At 16, when McKee could no longer take care of her, she got married to avoid returning to the orphanage.
47 In 1946, she signed her first studio contract with 20th Century Fox and dyed her hair.
48 Her classic shape, according to her dressmaker, is actually measured at 37-23-36.
49 She left Hollywood to pursue serious acting by studying under Lee Strasberg at his Actors’ Studio in New York City.
50 Her “Happy Birthday Mr. President” dress sold for $1,267,500.00, a world record for the most expensive piece of clothing ever sold, and is in the Guinness Book of World Records.
51 She resided at the Hollywood Roosevelt while she was breaking into the acting business.
52 What a Way to Go! (1964) initially intended as a vehicle for her, Shirley MacLaine played Louisa May Foster instead. Producer Arthur P. Jacobs was her publicist and J. Lee Thompson was on her list of approved directors.
53 Was originally set to play Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), but Audrey Hepburn played the role instead.
54 Her lifelong bouts with depression and self-destruction took their toll during filming The Seven Year Itch (1955). She frequently muffed scenes and forgot her lines, leading to sometimes as many as 40 takes of a scene before a satisfactory result was produced. Her constant tardiness and behavioral problems made the budget of the film swell to $1.8 million, a high price for the time. The film still managed to make a nice profit. The classic shot of her dress blowing up around her legs as she stands over a subway grating in this film was originally shot on Manhattan’s Lexington Avenue at 52nd St., On Wednesday, September 15th, 1954, at 1: 00 a.m. Five thousand onlookers whistled and cheered through take after take as Marilyn repeatedly missed her lines. This occurred in presence of an increasingly embarrassed and angry Joe DiMaggio (her husband at the time; the nine-month-old marriage officially ended during the shooting of this film). The original footage shot on that night in New York never made it to the screen; the noise of the crowd had made it unusable. Director Billy Wilder re-shot the scene on the 20th Century-Fox lot, on a set replicating Lexington Avenue, and got a more satisfactory result. However, it took another 40 takes for Marilyn to achieve the famous scene. Amazingly, her very narrow spike heels don’t get stuck or break in the subway grating, although this was a universal problem at the time for the countless women wearing that very popular style heel in New York City in that era. An important promotional campaign was released for this mainstream motion picture, including a 52-foot-high cutout of Marilyn (from the blowing dress scene) erected in front of Loews State Theater, in New York City’s Times Square. The movie premiere was on June 1, 1955, which was also her 29th birthday.
55 In Italy, her films were dubbed at the beginning of her career by Miranda Bonansea. As she matured she was dubbed by the marvellous and prolific Rosetta Calavetta with immense success, particularly in Some Like It Hot (1959). Zoe Incrocci lent her voice to Monroe once: in All About Eve (1950).
56 Don’t Bother to Knock (1952) (her 18th film) was an attempt to prove to critics that she could act successfully. Because some earlier films took numerous takes and much longer time to complete. Especially, The Seven Year Itch (1955) which took numerous extra takes, for her character role, alone.
57 Friend of James Haspiel.
58 In How to Marry a Millionaire (1953), her character Pola is reading a book called “Murder By Strangulation” on the plane. Coincidentally, this is how her character was murdered in Niagara (1953).
59 Her real father was Charles Stanley Gifford. From his side, she was descended from the founder of Rhode Island, Roger Williams, and religious leader Anne Marbury-Hutchinson, from whom she is related to Lucretia Rudolph (wife of President James A. Garfield), Grover Cleveland, William Howard Taft, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, George Bush, and George W. Bush.
60 When budding actresses Shelley Winters and Marilyn were roommates in the late 1940s in Hollywood, Shelley said that one day she had to step out and asked Marilyn to “wash the lettuce” for a salad they were to share for dinner. When Shelley got back to the apartment, (Marilyn was apparently new to the art of cooking) had the leaves of lettuce in a small tub of soapy water and was scrubbing them clean. She had not heard of the phrase before either, or did not know it’s true meaning.
61 Was good friends with Dorothy Dandridge and Ava Gardner when they were all young, struggling actresses in Hollywood.
62 In 1972, actress Veronica Hamel and her husband became the new owners of Marilyn’s Brentwood home. They hired a contractor to replace the roof and remodel the house, and the contractor discovered a sophisticated eavesdropping and telephone tapping system that covered every room in the house. The components were not commercially available in 1962, but were in the words of a retired Justice Department official, “standard FBI issue.” This discovery lent further support to claims of conspiracy theorists that Marilyn had been under surveillance by the Kennedys and the Mafia. The new owners spent $100,000 to remove the bugging devices from the house.
63 The ADR stage at Twentieth Century Fox is named after her.
64 A 1982 review into the original inquest of Marilyn’s death, conducted on its 20-year anniversary, concluded that the actress committed suicide or accidentally overdosed, and was not murdered–rumors that were fueled by the sloppy handling of evidence, the delay in securing the scene and the disappearance of tissue samples.
65 Sergei Parajanov made collages of Monroe, Charles Chaplin, Mona Lisa, and other famous personages and many were featured in Mikhail Vartanov‘s Parajanov: The Last Spring (1992).
66 She took acting lessons from Michael Chekhov.
67 Aside from her birth name of Norma Jeane Mortenson, she was baptized and mainly known throughout her life as Norma Jeane Baker. During her modeling days she was also known as Norma Jeane Dougherty (her first marriage name), and also as Jean Norman. When she signed with 20th Century-Fox, studio casting executive Ben Lyon had first chosen the name Carol Lind as her stage name, although she disliked that. Eventually she chose her mother’s maiden name of Monroe. Three names were drawn up as possible stage names. The first was Norma Jeane Monroe, although that sounded awkward; the second was Jean Monroe, and the third was Marilyn Monroe, the latter first name being chosen by Lyon who thought Norma Jeane resembled famed stage actress Marilyn Miller. Norma Jeane liked Jean Monroe, for it preserved some of her name, but Lyon convinced her that Marilyn Monroe sounded more alliterative and so it was chosen.
68 One of the first Los Angeles natives to become a major movie star.
69 In 1999, a make-up kit that she personally owned, sold for $266,500.
70 The dress Marilyn Monroe wore to serenade John F. Kennedy, on May 19, 1962 at his birthday celebration was so tight, that it had to be sewn onto her. She had to sit still for approximately an hour.
71 Was named #6 Actress on The American Film Institute’s 50 Greatest Screen Legends.
72 After discovering her dress was torn, at the 1950 Academy Awards, she burst into tears.
73 Ten days in advance, on Saturday, May 19th, 1962, she performed for U.S. President John F. Kennedy at his 45th birthday tribute in his honor at Madison Square Garden. She sang “Happy Birthday”. (Kennedy’s real birthday was May 29th).
74 The very popular version of “Santa Baby” (also found in the film, Party Monster (2003)) thought to be sung by her was instead recorded by Cynthia Basinet for Jack Nicholson as a Christmas gift.
75 Featured on a 1.11 euro postage stamp issued by French Post Office on Saturday, November 8th, 2003.
76 The punk band The Misfits created or picked their name from the last movie title she acted in, The Misfits (1961).
77 Named 2nd Greatest Movie Star of all time by Premier Magazine, behind #1 Cary Grant and before #3 Tom Cruise.
78 When she wasn’t acting, she preferred to wear nothing but a bathrobe and occasionally a bikini.
79 The first Playboy magazine cover, featuring her, is pictured on one of six stamps issued in a souvenir sheet, issued by Grenada & the Grenadines on Saturday, December 1st, 2003 to celebrate Playboy’s 50th and golden anniversary.
80 The Emily Ann Faulkner/Rita Shawn character (played by Kim Stanley) in the John Cromwell film The Goddess (1958) was based on her.
81 Was referenced in the dialogue of La Dolce Vita (1960), in the context of dieting.
82 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. She left her job and signed with Emmeline Snively‘s modeling agency.
83 Her USO Entertainer Identification Card (#129778) listed her name as “Norma Jeane DiMaggio”.
84 Batman writer/artist Bob Kane used Marilyn’s likeness as a reference when he drew Vicki Vale.
85 Appears on sleeve of The Beatles‘ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album.
86 Formed her own production company, Marilyn Monroe Productions, with Milton H. Greene, on December 31, 1955.
87 The famous nude photo of her by Tom Kelley originally appeared as anonymous on a calendar entitled “Miss Golden Dreams.” In 1952, a blackmailer threatened to identify the model as Marilyn, but she shrewdly thwarted the scheme by announcing the fact herself. Hugh M. Hefner then bought the rights to use the photo for $500. She became “The Sweetheart of the Month” in the first issue of Hefner’s magazine, Playboy. Neither Kelley or Monroe ever saw a dime of the millions the calendar made for its publisher.
88 When she was told that she was not the star in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) she verbally said “Well whatever I am, I’m still the blonde.”.
89 Her behavior on the unfinished Something’s Got to Give (1962) dimmed her reputation in the industry, but she was still big box office at the time of her death. What a Way to Go! (1964) and The Stripper (1963) were being developed for her.
90 In 1973, Elton John released a single in tribute to her entitled “Candle in the Wind”. In 1997, it was re-recorded with updated lyrics in memory of Princess Diana, becoming the UK’s best-selling single of all time. Def Leppard‘s single “Photograph” from their “Pyromania” album was also written about Monroe. Glenn Danzig, lead singer of the punk band The Misfits, recorded a song called “Who Killed Marilyn?”, inspired by his belief that she had been murdered. She is mentioned in the lyrics of several other songs, including “Celluloid Heroes” by The Kinks, “We Didn’t Start the Fire” by Billy Joel, “Vogue” by Madonna, “Lady Nina” by rock band Marillion and “Tell Me It’s Not True” from the musical “Blood Brothers”.
91 Went to Van Nuys High School (Los Angeles) in the early 1940s but never graduated.
92 The first stamp released in the USPS’s Legends of Hollywood series, issued on Friday, June 1st, 1995.
93 Although it’s believed that her mother, Gladys Baker, named her after Norma Talmadge, Gladys reportedly told her daughter, Bernice (Marilyn’s half-sister), that she named Marilyn after Norma Jeane Cohen, a child she was Nanny to while living in Louisville, KY. while her son Robert Kermit Baker (Marilyn’s half brother) was in Hospital, and estranged from the father Jasper Baker. The boy died, and Gladys returned to California.
94 Offered to convert to Catholism in order to marry Joe DiMaggio in a Church ceremony, but she was turned down because she was divorced. Subsequently, when the divorced DiMaggio married Marilyn in a civil ceremony at San Francisco City Hall, he was automatically excommunicated by the Church; this edict was struck down by Pope John XXIII’s Ecumenical Council (Vatican II) in 1962.
95 Won an interlocutory decree from Joe DiMaggio on Wednesday, October 27th, 1954, but, under California law, the divorce was not finalized until exactly one year later.
96 Married Arthur Miller twice: the 1st time in a civil ceremony, then in a Jewish (to which she had converted) ceremony two days later.
97 On Thursday, February 23rd, 1956, she obtained order from the City Court of the State of New York to legally change her name from Norma Jeane Mortenson to Marilyn Monroe.
98 Wore glasses.
99 Divorced last husband, Arthur Miller, in Juarez, Mexico.
100 Divorced first husband, James Dougherty, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
101 Suffered from endometriosis, a condition in which tissues of the uterus lining (endometrium) leave the uterus, attach themselves to other areas of the body, and grow, causing pain, irregular bleeding, and, in severe cases, infertility.
102 Born on Tuesday at 9: 30 AM, Pacific Standard Time, which is Los Angeles, California’s time zone.
103 The first time she signed an autograph as Marilyn Monroe, she had to ask how to spell it. She didn’t know where to put the “i” in “Marilyn”.
104 Thought the right side of her face was her “best” side.
105 She was suggested as a possible wife for Prince Rainier of Monaco. But he picked actress, Grace Kelly, to be his wife.
106 Fearing blemishes and sweat, she washed her face fifteen times a day.
107 Because the bathing suit she wore in the movie Love Nest (1951) was so risque (for the time period) and caused such a commotion on the set, director Joseph M. Newman had to make it a closed set when she was filming.
108 Was an outstanding player on the Hollygrove Orphanage softball team.
109 Often carried around the book, “The Biography of Abraham Lincoln.”
110 During the filming of Niagara (1953), she was still under contract as a stock actor, thus, she received less salary than her make-up man. This was also the only film in which her character died. The film was reworked to highlight her after Anne Bancroft withdrew.
111 Frequently used Nivea moisturizer.
112 Her first modeling job paid only five dollars.
113 Redheaded actress Tina Louise played the character role of Ginger Grant on the television series Gilligan’s Island (1964), was loosely based on her personality, but a different hair color.
114 When putting her imprints at Grauman’s she joked that Jane Russell was best known for her large front-side and she was known for her wiggly walk, so Jane could lean over, and she could sit in it. It was only a joke, but she dotted the “I” in her name with a rhinestone, which was stolen within days.
115 Ex-husband Joe DiMaggio put fresh roses at her memorial site, for numerous years after her death.
116 She was discovered dead at her home at 12305 Fifth Helena Drive, Brentwood, California. She had a phone in one of her hands, her body was completely nude and face down, on her bed.
117 Hugh M. Hefner owns the closest burial vault next to hers.
118 Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#2). [1995]
119 Hundreds of items of memorabilia auctioned off in late October 1999 by Christie’s, with her infamous ‘JFK’ birthday-gown fetching over $1 million.
120 Interred at Westwood Memorial Park, Los Angeles, California, USA, in the Corridor of Memories, crypt #24.
121 Given a dog she named Tippy by foster father Albert Bolender. In her final, unfinished film Something’s Got to Give (1962), the dog was also named Tippy.
122 Appeared on the first cover of Playboy in 1953.
123 Started using the name Marilyn Monroe in 1946, but did not legally change it until 1956.
124 Was named the Number One Sex Star of the 20th Century by Playboy magazine in 1999.
125 The licensing of Marilyn’s name and likeness, handled world-wide by Curtis Management Group, reportedly nets the Monroe estate about $2 million a year.
126 When she died in 1962 at age 36, she left an estate valued at $1.6 million. In her will, Monroe bequeathed 75% of that estate to Lee Strasberg, her acting coach, and 25% to Dr. Marianne Kris, her psychoanalyst. A trust fund provided her mother, Gladys Baker Eley, with $5,000 a year. When Dr. Kris died in 1980, she passed her 25% on to the Anna Freud Centre, a children’s psychiatric institute in London. Since Strasberg’s death in 1982, his 75% has been administered by his widow, Anna, and her lawyer, Irving Seidman.
127 She was Playboy’s first “Sweetheart of the Month” in December 1953.
128 Voted Empire’s (UK) “sexiest female movie star of all time” in 1995.
129 Ranked #8 in Empire (UK) magazine’s “The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time” list. [October 1997]
130 Was roommates with Shelley Winters when they were both starting out in Hollywood.
131 In her autobiography, “My Story”, she recounted her guardian told her she was a direct descendant of James Monroe. Her mother’s maiden name was Monroe, but there is no evidence she was a descendant of the U.S. President.
132 Was 1947’s Miss California Artichoke Queen.
133 Voted ‘Sexiest Woman of the Century’ by People Magazine. [1999]

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