Marilyn Monroe: 11 Facts You Probably Don't Know

Marilyn Monroe

Probably the most famous sex symbol of all times, Marilyn Monroe was in addition a successful actress and a talented singer. Marilyn Monroe's appearance in the first issue of Hugh Hefner's Playboy as the first Playmate helped define the future of glamour photography. Marilyn Monroe's troubled life and apparent suicide, along with her failed relationships with the very high profile men in her life, aroused sympathy and interest amongst her fans and critics alike, no doubt helping to raise Marilyn Monroe's status as a legendary figure.


While the name Marilyn Monroe will be remembered for years to come, it is unclear to many people why. This objective of this lens is to show that Marilyn Monroe truly had it all: brains, sex appeal and talent. Marilyn Monroe was and still is unique and years ahead of her time. If you take a little time to read what is written below, you might come to understand why the legend of Marilyn Monroe lives on. Read the Facts About Marilyn Monroe below and test your knowledge of Marilyn Monroe Facts.

My Story : By Marilyn Monroe - An (Auto)biography of Marilyn Monroe

Was this biography of Marilyn Monroe written by Marilyn? Or By Ben Hecht? This question has taken much of spotlight from what is considered by many to be the best (auto)-biography of Marilyn Monroe. Regardless of which side of the debate you are on, this book is a must for any real fan of Marilyn Monroe

11 Facts You Probably Don't Know About Marilyn Monroe - These Marilyn Monroe Facts just may surprise you

Test your knowledge of Marilyn Monroe By Reading These Marilyn Monroe Facts.

  • Marilyn Monroe was brought up by foster parents Albert and Ida Bolender until the age of seven. Marilyn Monroe wrote in her biography that she believed that Albert, her foster father was actually a woman. In total she had 12 sets of foster parents.
  • Marilyn spent two years at the Los Angeles Orphans Home Society, also known as Hollygrove, currently known as EMQ located at 815 North El Centro Avenue, Hollywood, California. Hollygrove was closed as an orphanage in 2005, but still functions to help abused children. According to this article in the L.A. Times. "A hallway museum depicts Monroe's stay as well as the long history of the orphanage." While you can read the History Of Hollygrove, strangely no mention is made of Marilyn's stay there. Instead Marilyn is mentioned in this corporate site about EMQ milestones.

    See the location of Marilyn's Orphanage On Google Maps.

  • Marilyn Monroe's family had a long history of depression. Marilyn's uncle and great-grandfather both committed suicide by hanging. Marilyn Monroe's mother was also forcibly institutionalized due to a breakdown.
  • When she was 16, Marilyn Monroe married 21 year old James Dougherty in order to avoid being sent to an orphanage or to yet another foster home. She divorced him when she was 20.
  • Marilyn did her famous nude photoshoot in 1947 nearly SIX YEARS BEFORE the photos were used for Playboy's 1953 first edition. the rights to the photos were purchased for $500 by Hugh Hefner and Marilyn Monroe became the first 'Sweetheart of the Month'. Later the name was changed to Playmate of the Month. In 2007 Playboy published 20,000 EXACT replicas of this first edition. Some copies of this republication are still available for purchase for approximately $50.
  • Marilyn's great love was probably baseball giant Joe Dimaggio. When they were married, Joe was intensely jealous of the attention showered on Marilyn Monroe by men everywhere. When the "The Seven Year Itch", was filmed in New York, now famous promotional photos were taken on a subway ventilator outside the Trans-Lux Theater on 52nd Street and Lexington Avenue. Joe watched Marilyn's skirt fly up again and again, revealing her white panties before thousands of enthusiastic photographers and fans. Jealous Joe angrily stormed off. Later the couple had a huge fight in the hotel. Two weeks later they separated and eventually divorced.
  • After their divorce, Joe Dimaggio rescued Marilyn Monroe from forced institutionalization at the Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic (67th Street and York Avenue, NY City). For 20 years after her death he had a dozen red roses delivered to her crypt three times a week. He never remarried. It is claimed that Joe's last words were: "I'll finally get to see Marilyn"
  • The FBI compiled a 34 page file on Marilyn Monroe, much of which hints that she was a communist sympathizer. Included are a visa application to visit the USSR as well as her relationships with people that the FBI believed were communist sympathizers. You can review:

    * Marilyn's FBI files part 1

    * Marilyn's FBI files part 2

  • Marilyn Monroe was a NOT a dumb blond bimbo. She was a savvy business woman. Fox, the movie studio she had a contract with was forcing her to do stupid, low level films that she hated. Marilyn Monroe broke her contract and fled Hollywood to study acting with Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio in New York. She set up her own production company, Marilyn Monroe Productions. She was such a huge box office draw, Fox agreed to her terms, giving Marilyn Monroe approval of the director as well as the option to act in other studios' projects. The first film under the new contract was Bus Stop, for which she received critical acclaim and was nominated for a Golden Globe.
  • Over 40 years after her death Forbes.com compiled a survey titled "Highest-Earning Dead Celebrities," which compared the money the celebrities' estates earn annually from sales.

    See the article showing that Marilyn Monroe ranked 9th as the only woman on the list.

  • Hugh Hefner owns the burial vault next to Marilyn Monroe at Westwood Memorial Park, Los Angeles, California and intends to be buried there. Click to see the location of this cemetery in Google Maps
  • Marilyn only owned one home and it was located in Brentwood, California. This is the place where Marilyn died on August 4, 1962. Click to see the location of Marylin's House in Google Maps.

Playboy; 1st Reprint edition (2007) - Get an EXACT duplicate of the original Marilyn Playboy First Edition

Did you know that you can buy an exact reproduction of the first edition of Playboy that featured Marilyn Monroe? In 2007 20,000 single copies of this reproduction were published and these can still be purchased via Amazon.

Read this review from a fan who had a real original as she compares the difference between what she owns and one of the republished 20,000. Unfortunately, these reprints made her expensive copy almost worthless..

A Sexy 27 Year Old Marilyn Sings "Diamonds Are a Girls Best Friend"

From the movie: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,

Posters And Photos Of Marilyn Monroe - Fact: Marilyn Monroe Was A Beautiful Model As Well As A Talented Actress

Marilyn's Sad Childhood

Marilyn Monroe Fact: Marilyn Had A Sister

Marilyn was born Norma Jeane Mortenson in the charity ward of the Los Angeles County Hospital on 1 June 1926. Her grandmother, Della Monroe Grainger, had her baptized Norma Jeane Baker. Her mother was Gladys Pearl Monroe. For many years it was believed that Gladys's second husband Martin Edward Mortenson was Marilyn's father and name is even listed on her birth certificate. However Marilyn herself believed a salesman named Charles Stanley Gifford was her father. In either case, she had no father figure in the practical sense.

Her mother placed her with foster parents Albert and Ida Bolender of Hawthorne, California, where she lived until she was seven.

Gladys returned to the picture when she bought a house and reunited with Marilyn. But a few months after they had moved in, Gladys suffered a breakdown and was forcibly removed to the State Hospital in Norwalk.

Marilyn had a half-sister, Berniece Baker Miracle. The girls did not learn of each other until Berniece was 19 and Norma Jeane 12. But once each did discover the existence of the other, they stayed in close contact--both before and after Norma Jeane became Marilyn. Bernice wrote a biography called "My Sister Marilyn" which was published in 1994 to critical acclaim. Marilyn left $10,000 to Bernice in her will.

Her mother's best friend, Grace McKee (later Grace Goddard) became her guardian. But after McKee married in 1935, Norma Jeane was sent to the Los Angeles Orphans Home (later renamed Hollygrove), and then to a succession of foster homes. Her foster sister Eleanor 'Bebe' Goddard became notorious for manufacturing and selling fake Marilyn memorabilia.

James Dougherty a 21 neighbor of Marilyn's married her weeks after she turned 16, so that Norma Jeane could escape the life of orphanages and foster homes.

Caution: Do NOT click the link below - If you are offended by topless photo of Marilyn Monroe do not click below

Bert Stern did the last known photoshoot with Marilyn Monroe only six weeks before her death. This masterpiece, called "The Last Sitting" includes over 2,500 photos including many now famous nude photos of Marylin Monroe.

Forty five years later, Stern did similar nudes of Lindsay Lohan, which were very controversial. Photos from both of Bert Sterns now famous photoshoots were published in New York Magazine. CAUTION: DO NOT CLICK IF YOU ARE OFFENDED BY NUDITY

Marilyn Monroe Versus Lindsay Lohan - How Do They Compare?

Lindsay Lohan has compared herself to Marilyn Monroe, not only by recreating Marilyn's famous last nude photoshoot with photographer Bert Stern (see the book above), but also by comparing their personalities and their infamy. See the Huffington Post Article: Lindsay Lohan Compares Herself To Marilyn Monroe.

How do you think Lindsay Lohan compares to Marilyn Monroe?

Lindsay Lohan does not come close to Marilyn Monroe

williamslaw 2 years ago

Oh no. No way. Marilyn is a Goddess.


Vantis 2 years ago

I don't want to hurt your feelings, but comparing Lindsay Lohan to Marilyn Monroe is nonsense... Just Heaven and Earth, you know...


amswan 2 years ago

No way!


anonymous 3 years ago

not even close!


Aunt-Mollie 3 years ago

The two are not alike at all. Marilyn had a classic style.


karen-stephens 4 years ago

It is just the same as Madonna and many before her.


nancyrowina 4 years ago

I don't think the two artists are anything like each other really.


bill-beaman2 4 years ago

I might be closer to Marilyn as far as class goes. Lindsay is a train wreck.


Chey1997 LM 4 years ago from Houston

Lindsay has no class, and isn't nearly as beautiful as Marilyn ...


jadehorseshoe 4 years ago

Comparing the ridiculous to the sublime is itself ridiculous. I like Lindsay and am extremely sympathetic to her circumstance, but her sole commonality with MM is that they were both born as oxygen-breathing humans.

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    Lindsay Lohan is similar to Marilyn

    mihgasper 4 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

    I see similarities, not in style, more in overall mix of tragic feel and glamour.

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      Fragments: Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters - A Marilyn Monroe Scrapbook

      This is a sort of scrapbook from Marilyn Monroe. It contains her notes, poems, letters and photos. Not really a book but rather an assortment of pieces of "Fragments" from her life.

      This famous promotional photo for 'Seven Year Itch' sparked a HUGE fight with husband Joe Dimaggio.

      This famous promotional photo for 'Seven Year Itch' sparked a HUGE fight with husband Joe Dimaggio.
      This famous promotional photo for 'Seven Year Itch' sparked a HUGE fight with husband Joe Dimaggio.

      Going to a party dressed as Marilyn Monroe? - Get the famous white dress that Marilyn Monroe wore.

      You can buy the white dress worn by Marilyn Monroe by clicking a photo below.

      Marilyn Monroe Special Anniversary Collection - Marilyn Monroe Facts: This is one of the most popular Marilyn Monroe DVDs on Amazon

      Five Marilyn Monroe films plus the documentary "The Final Days" makes this DVD EXTREMELY popular on Amazon. Check out the Amazon reviews and see for yourself.

      Buy and/or Vote For Your Favorite Marilyn Monroe Movie. - Which is YOUR favorite Marilyn Monroe Movie?

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      A Nude Marilyn Monroe in a Pool Scene - Marilyn Monroe Facts : Marilyn Did A Nude Photosession not long before she died

      This movie was scandalous for two reasons:

      * Due to her frequent absences, Marilyn Monroe was fired from the movie on June 8, 1962. Fox later tried to rehire Marilyn, and she agreed. However, she died less than 2 months later and the movie was never finished, losing $2 million for Fox, at that time a very costly loss for a movie studio.

      * Second, Marilyn Monroe did something no other Hollywood star had done before. She swam around in only a flesh-colored bikini bottom and did a photosession for journalist without the bikini bottom. This film documents Marilyn's beauty and sensuality even in the last years of her life.

      My Favorite Marilyn Monroe Quotes

      Marilyn Monroe Facts: Marilyn Made Several Intelligent Quotes

      These quotes say so much about this remarkable lady. While some say she was nothing but a bimbo who used her looks to achieve stardom, these thoughts show that Marilyn Monroe was much more than meets the eye.

      If I'd observed all the rules, I'd never have got anywhere. A career is wonderful thing, but you can't snuggle up to it on a cold night. What good is it being Marilyn Monroe? Why can't I just be an ordinary woman? A woman who can have a family ... I'd settle for just one baby. My own baby. Hollywood is a place where they'll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul. 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! 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? Shelley Winters: If she'd been dumber, she'd have been happier.

      Read MORE Quotes from Marilyn Monroe!

      Marilyn SINGS! - Marilyn Monroe Facts: Mariln Was A Talented Singer

      This was one of Marilyn Monroe's classic album. A must for any true Marilyn Fan!

      Let's Make Love
      Let's Make Love

      Marilyn sings classics such as "My Heart Belongs to Daddy", When I Fall In Love, Happy Birthday Mr President and others. Features 16 tracks!

       

      Candle in the Wind by Elton John and Bernie Taupin

      Elton John Sings About Marilyn Monroe

      The original version of Candle in the Wind was from Elton John's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" album of 1973. The lyrics as can be seen below are about Marilyn Monroe who was born as Norma Jean:

      Goodbye Norma Jean

      Though I never knew you at all

      You had the grace to hold yourself

      While those around you crawled

      They crawled out of the woodwork

      And they whispered into your brain

      They set you on the treadmill

      And they made you change your name

      And it seems to me you lived your life

      Like a candle in the wind

      Never knowing who to cling to

      When the rain set in

      And I would have liked to have known you

      But I was just a kid

      Your candle burned out long before

      Your legend ever did

      Loneliness was tough

      The toughest role you ever played

      Hollywood created a superstar

      And pain was the price you paid

      Even when you died

      Oh the press still hounded you

      All the papers had to say

      Was that Marilyn was found in the nude

      Goodbye Norma Jean

      From the young man in the 22nd row

      Who sees you as something as more than sexual

      More than just our Marilyn Monroe

      Candle In the Wind: Buy it!

      Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)
      Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

      This is, in my opinion, the best album that Elton John ever made. Just about every song is amazing. This album set up Elton's career. He made good music afterwards, but NOTHING compared to this album. Every Elton John fan should have it.

       

      Which Side Are You On? - What Do You Think Are The Facts About Marilyn Monroe?

      Some say Marilyn Monroe was a drug using Bimbo, others believe that Marilyn Monroe was a legend and one of the most amazing leading lady's to grace Hollywood. What is your opinon about Marilyn Monroe?

      What Do You Think About Marilyn Monroe?

      Marilyn Monroe is one of the greatest of all times. She is a legend.

      amswan 2 years ago

      Marilyn was troubled but amazingly talented and smart. It pains me that I never had the honor of living in a world with a walking, talking Marilyn.


      anonymous 3 years ago

      If you looked up the word Hollywood in the dictionary, you would find Marilyn Monroe! She is the ultimate star!


      cleanearth 3 years ago

      A sex symbol who stood the test of time and I do not believe she was dumb


      u21232127 4 years ago

      i think she is the best, ever. marvin williams from england.


      bill-beaman2 4 years ago

      Marilyn is an iconic legend for her time. I don't know how she would fare today in the fickle public eye but she was the 50s to most of America.


      northstarcanopy 4 years ago

      Marilyn was not a bimbo. She is a legend who I think was very talented.


      mihgasper 4 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      MM is an icon.


      aquarian_insight 5 years ago

      She is a legend and no way can she just be called a bimbo.


      Phillyfreeze 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      The fact that Hugh Hefner has a crypt next to Marilyn's says to me that Mr. Hefner realizes that Marilyn Monroe was instrumental in launching the Playboy empire when he used her photo on the cover of the first issue of Playboy magazine published in 1953.

      No, Marilyn was no blonde bimbo...just read some of quotes!


      Blonde Blythe 5 years ago

      I love Marilyn! She was very versatile, and could play comedy and drama equally well. She had a gift of communicating directly with the audience, which is why everyone loved her so.


      LoKackl 6 years ago

      I believe Marilyn was destined to greatness, or her fame wouldn't continue to grow. Without such a sad childhood, I wonder what she would have achieved.


      anonymous 6 years ago

      the best their ever was. a legend. would loved to have met her. given her a big hug. xxx


      anonymous 7 years ago

      i wish she was here with me....she will always be in my heart dkjm


      anonymous 7 years ago

      I love her dearly.


      SusanDeppner 7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I guess it's the legend that I admire, but I've learned a lot from this lens. Certainly she was great in many ways.


      anonymous 7 years ago

      I think she was great. So beautiful and talented.


      ZenandChic 7 years ago

      I like her. Think she was cool!


      sandybyrd 7 years ago

      love her heart inside and out


      MargoPArrowsmith 8 years ago

      She was much smarter than anyone gave her credit for. She just was born at the wrong time.


      anonymous 8 years ago

      I LOVE MARILYN, MARILYN, ALL MY LOVE

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        Marilyn Monroe is overrated

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          The Mystery Surrounding the Death of Marilyn Monroe

          Marilyn Monroe Facts: Marilyn's Death Is A Mystery.

          The circumstances of her death remain to this day controversial, a mystery which will likely never be solved.

          The body of Marilyn Monroe was found in the bedroom of her Brentwood, California home by her live-in housekeeper Eunice Murray on August 5, 1962. Marilyn Monroe was 36 years old at the time of her death.

          Her death was ruled to be "acute barbiturate poisoning" by Dr. Thomas Noguchi of the Los Angeles County Coroners office and listed as "probably suicide", but because of a lack of evidence, her death was not classified as "suicide".

          However, there is much mystery and speculation surrounding her untimely death. There are many who believe that Marilyn Monroe was murdered.

          Several people stated they observed Marilyn Monroe being secretly taken that night by ambulance to a nearby hospital before being returned again to her Brentwood home. Some claimed that Marilyn's body was then 'rediscovered' by Eunice Murray, and her psychiatrist several hours following the initial discovery of her body.

          It was widely speculated that Marilyn Monroe had an affair with both Bobby and John Kennedy and that she was becoming very demanding, calling the white house very frequently. Many speculate that she was murdered to avoid an embarrassing scandal. Peter Lawford, an in-law of the Kennedys reportedly the last person to speak to her, was quoted that her final words were "Say goodbye to Pat (Lawford's wife), say goodbye to the president, and say goodbye to yourself, because you're a nice guy."

          Jack Clemmons was the first police officer to arrive on the scene. He reported, "Marilyn was lying face down in what I call the soldier's position. Her hands were by her side and her legs were stretched out perfectly straight. It was the most obviously staged death scene I have ever seen. The pill bottles on her bedside table had been arranged in neat order and the body deliberately positioned. It all looked too tidy."

          There is an interesting timeline of events which outline the known facts of the day of Marilyn Monroe's death.

          In 2006 CBS News reported about "newly released documents and audiotapes about the night Marilyn died" in which the facts surrounding Marylin Monroe's death were detailed in an article called The Marilyn Tapes.

          It is unlikely that the cause of Marilyn Monroe 's death will ever be solved.

          What Do You Think About The Death Of Marilyn Monroe - Marilyn Monroe Facts: What Do You Believe?

          Do You Have A Theory About How Marilyn Monroe Died? Was it murder? Suicide? An Accident?

          What Do You Think Was The Cause Of Death Of Marilyn Monroe

          • I Believe That Marilyn Monroe Was Murdered
          • I Believe That Marilyn Monroe Committed Suicide
          • I Believe That Marilyn Died Accidentally (for example, an overdose)
          • I Think We Will Never Know for sure
          • Other (please explain in the comment box below)
          See results without voting

          An interview with Susan Strassberg Reveals Many Facts About Marilyn Monroe - Author of "Marilyn & Me: Sisters, Rivals, Friends".

          An interview with Susan Strassberg the daughter of legendary actor and teacher Lee Strasberg. Strasberg is the author of "Marilyn & Me: Sisters, Rivals, Friends". Lea Strasberg was Marilyn's acting coach. Susan was a close friend.

          This is what differentiates her book from other biographies. Most biographers did not actually know Marilyn Monroe, but based their writing on reseach. However, Susan based her book on her many conversations with Marilyn Monroe.

          Marilyn & Me: Sisters, Rivals, Friends (Paperback) - Susan Strassbergs Biography is full of Marilyn Monroe Facts

          When Marilyn Monroe was 29 she shared a bedroom with a Susan Strasberg, the daughter of her acting coach Less Strassburg. Susan reveals many Marilyn Monroe Facts in this detailed biography of Marilyn Monroe.

          Marilyn Monroe Sings Happy Birthday To John Kennedy - Marilyn Monroe Facts: This Song Riveted The World

          Marilyn sang this song on May 19, 1962. She died less than three months later on August 5, 1962. This video was one of her last public appearances. Also, there were many rumors that Marilyn Monroe and JFK were having an affair at the time she sang this song, which gives this song even more meaning.

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          aka-rms 8 years ago from USA

          You've given Marilyn a wonderful tribute. Nice job!


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          Janet2221 8 years ago

          Fantastic lens! 5 *'s. :)


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          BookReview LM 8 years ago

          Very nice tribute to Marilyn


          anonymous 8 years ago

          That was a really knowledgeable post. I often find that this topic is complicated to get your head round but you have summed it up really well. You reminded me of a guy I was reading the other day who was really good too.


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          TonyPayne 8 years ago from Southampton, UK

          Amazing lens - very detailed story of her life.

          5 stars from me *****


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          JoeTedesco 8 years ago

          I've always been a big Marilyn fan, and not only because of her beauty. You "could" see her smarts in movies like "The Misfits," "Seven year itch."


          anonymous 8 years ago

          i love marilyn i always have not because of beauty or conspiracy but because of marilyn. she made it against all odds she symbolizes it all beauty,fame,feminism,charm,charisma,addiction and pain. that's my marilyn raw emoyion i hope an dream she found her peace in her death. she is missed.


          nqthai 8 years ago

          Good post. Thanks!


          anonymous 8 years ago

          she's a celebrity icon! one of my idol.


          anonymous 8 years ago

          Great lens. I can't say she was the world's best actress, but she sure did have charisma!


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          Music-Resource 8 years ago

          Hi LMP: Good Marilyn Bio read. I like the vids and the polaroid. ~Music Resource~


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          MargoPArrowsmith 8 years ago

          Dory Previn had a verse in a song that reminds me a lot of this lens, and your approach to Marylyn. Getting to Know Marylyn I think your lens gives her the respect that she is due and shows that you are (almost ;=D) as smart as she was! *****


          anonymous 8 years ago

          Marilyn was simply the most beautiful, cute, pretty, voluptuous, sexy, desirable and gorgeous of them all. Many of the most beautiful stars nowadays idolizes her. Most men find her extremely attractive.


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          utradesports lm 8 years ago

          This is a great lens about a beautiful woman. 5/5*


          poutine 8 years ago

          Marylin was probably the sexiest woman around.


          anonymous 7 years ago

          I love Marilyn Monroe!!! 5* lens! :)


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          BusyQueen 7 years ago

          Merry Christmas to you and thanks for visiting my lens! 5*****


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          Signhappy 7 years ago

          Fascinating lens about a fascinating actress. 5 stars!


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          Paula Atwell 7 years ago from Cleveland, OH

          Flying by. Blessed. :)


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          SusanDeppner 7 years ago from Arkansas USA

          Fascinating. I learned some things I didn’t know about her. Also, it’s interesting to me that she was around the same age as Shirley Temple (who turns 81 today). Since they worked in different movie eras, I never thought of them as being contemporaries. Such a sad loss of a sad, beautiful woman.


          anonymous 7 years ago

          I always thought Marylin was misunderstood. She died before I was born yet I've always felt connected to her. I just love her -:) Awesome lens for her, thanks.


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          justholidays 7 years ago

          That's a fantastic lens and homage to Marilyn Monroe. Although I would advise you to spice it up a bit with some special characters (bold for instance). Otherwise it's well done! Will feature it on my own Marilyn related lens.

          Dom.


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          LoKackl 6 years ago

          Beautifully constructed lens about one of the few people Americans can agree to love - Marilyn. SquidAngel blessed.


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          sheriangell 5 years ago

          Well done! Even though I've read about Marilyn many, many times, you held my attention all the way through.


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          pixelposy 5 years ago

          Might just be my system, but the counter is showing all 0's for Marilyn's birthday to me. Well laid out lens presenting Marilyn's story.


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          PromptWriter 5 years ago from Eastern Ontario

          I've always loved her and felt she was underrated. She has often played the comedic dimwit but in Niagara she was actually quite scary. That's one of my favorite roles of her.


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          Retro Loco 5 years ago from USA

          This lens is a wonderful tribute to Marilyn Monroe. I'm sure Marilyn will be remembered, admired and envied until the end of time! Nicely presented!!


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          vkumar05 5 years ago

          Great Lens. Nice Pics.


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          vkumar05 5 years ago

          Nice Videos too


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          nightbear lm 5 years ago

          Outstanding lens, I really enjoyed it.

          Blessed and featured on my angel lens for August 2011


          anonymous 5 years ago

          MARILYN MONROE WAS MURDERED BY THE KENNDYS OR SOME1 IN THAT CIRCLE,BECAUSE SHE KNEW TO MUCH ABOUT THEM,AN SHE WAS GETTING READY TO SPILL THE BEANS ON A lot OF THEM...PLAIN AN SIMPLE!!! THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED TO STOP BEING SO FREEKEN STUPID AN WAKE UP..FACTS ARE FACTS..SHE WAS MURDERED!!!


          aquarian_insight 5 years ago

          So sad, another star dimmed too soon. But she remains a legend. Excellent lens.


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          sarahrk lm 4 years ago

          She was definitely one of a kind. gone too soon.


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          mihgasper 4 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

          Great presentation. MM was really special person.


          anonymous 4 years ago

          Inspirational in many ways


          anonymous 4 years ago

          The pool scene also were pictures in what magazine? Life, Look, or other?? I remember seeing them in the magazine as a kid. They were well done. This U-Tube film was not the best.. Especially because it was so jumpy and I guess being old. Does anyone remember what magazine?


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          TLStahling 4 years ago

          The FBI Files are fascinating. I've never seen them before


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          JohnI07 4 years ago

          I have definitely learned few things about Marilyn Monroe here. She was a legend.


          bill-beaman2 4 years ago

          big fan of that time era in Hollywood but I did learn a few things. Thanks for that. Great lens.


          anonymous 4 years ago

          Lol you guys do realise she was just an attention whore. Today's equivalent of a Paris Hilton or Kim Kardashian. Funny how times change & how history leaves out the bad stuff.


          anonymous 4 years ago

          did she have 6 toes on one foot


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          EuroSquid LM 4 years ago Author

          @anonymous: No, though it does look like that in one photo. But that is part myth and part shadow.


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          EuroSquid LM 4 years ago Author

          @anonymous: Do you know anything about Marilyn? She was NOTHING like Paris H. or Kim K. To begin with Marilyn was a very smart woman. If you did not get that from this lens, I guess you did not read it very well.


          anonymous 4 years ago

          @anonymous: oh god you are so stupid, do you even know what women had to do to get anywhere in life in the 50s. She had no one to help her, no parents, no sidlings, she had to make her life by herself no matter what it took


          anonymous 4 years ago

          I knew most of them, because I buy every book about her that I can get my hands on! I have always been fascinated by her, especially after reading about her complex personality and how she seemed to be a series of contradictions. Like everyone else, I would love to know how/why she died, but I would also love to know what happened at the Cal-Neva Lodge before she died. She was such an exceptional person and appeared to need real love so badly. I believe she felt that she had to buy her friends, and didn't know who she could really trust. If born today, she would have had a much easier time of it, I believe. I love Marilyn!!!!


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          EuroSquid LM 4 years ago Author

          @anonymous: Interesting that you think her time would have been easier if born today. I am not so sure. Why do you think so?


          anonymous 4 years ago

          @anonymous: totally fascinated by her in amore of her,i buy all her films magizine articles and books i can there will never be another one like her.an insperation for beauty.


          anonymous 4 years ago

          @anonymous: possible but you know photography sometimes lies


          anonymous 4 years ago

          @anonymous: Kim Kardashian and Paris what's her name are no comparison to Marilyn thos e two have done nothing extraordinary and never will.


          DMVAgent 4 years ago

          that was very interesting.. marilyn is very famous and im a big fan of her, im glad i read this lens, i love it.


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          Spiderlily321 4 years ago

          great lens. Featured on my sidebar of my lens called "great marilyn monroe costumes"


          anonymous 4 years ago

          Monroe was murdered on Aug 4th 1962. She was injected with Nembutal through Pericardium sac straight into the heart. Former FBI Chief Pathologist Ceril Wecht re-examined Nagucci's autopsy and omitted was a subcutaneous injection site under left breast. Monroe did not have enough Nembutal in bloodstream/stomach for overdose/death. The frozen heart dissections from 1962 were satuated with Nembutal. The grimace on Monroe's face was indicative of lethal injection. Her mouth had to be glued shut but still shows the grimace. The lividity (settling of blood) in Monroe's right side of face clearly shows Monroe was dead on the 4th. The Dr.s Name who administered the injection was Dr. L. Eunice Murray, Housekeeper confessed before her own death that Marilyn had 4 visitors on the 4th- and she spent her life in fear for for own life. Monroe knew to much and to many shady people. How sad. This is why there was no open casket- the grimace tells it all. Her films grossed over 200 milion dollars an MMProductions donates to the very charities and orphanages she was raised in. On the Johnny Carson Show in the 80's, Carson asked guest Peter Lawford if he'd dated Monroe. He stated, "She wasn't clean enough for me." Lawford I'm glad your dead- you P.O.S. Monroe's eyes/brown- she wore contacts- gorgeous in both. Only one Monroe.


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          babynstar 4 years ago

          Had no idea, she's so beautiful


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          EuroSquid LM 4 years ago Author

          @anonymous: Some interesting information. Can you verify any of it?


          anonymous 3 years ago

          she is so overrated it's not even funny.


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          cleanearth 3 years ago

          @EuroSquid LM: I have done research on this and have books on Monroe, check my lens out on Marilyn Monroe, whenever you have some time. I guese we really will never know for sure, and I don't know about the above information, but there is way too much conflicting stories for me to just believe suicide & end of story? Very nice lens on Marilyn btw and thank you for sharing all of this :)


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          EuroSquid LM 3 years ago Author

          @anonymous: I don't agree with you, but you are entitled to your opinion.


          Aunt-Mollie 3 years ago

          Her death is still such a mystery. So much time has passed now that I don't think the truth will ever be uncovered.


          GameHelp 3 years ago

          I did not know these facts about Marilyn Monroe at all, thanks for sharing this with us.


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          JeremyBentham LM 3 years ago

          Awesome lens! I've read a few books about Marilyn but now want to read more.


          laurenrich 3 years ago

          Marilyn Monroe was a wonderful star. She died such a tragic death and was so young. Thanks for sharing these facts.


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          SilentMagenta 2 years ago

          Marilyn is an icon and will always be. There will never be another Marilyn just like there will never be another whitney. She needed someone to truly love her as a person and not as an Icon. She will forever be in paradise.

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