29 Marilyn Monroe Facts About Her Life and Career

Our Marilyn Monroe themed hotel room is one of our most popular rooms at Arthouse Hotel. So we’re celebrating the star with some magical, mysterious and memorable Marilyn Monroe facts.

Monroe was a pinup icon and went on to become one of Hollywood’s most famous actresses. Long before the days of social media, the press were fixated on unraveling who she was and fans followed her every move.

But behind the scenes, Norma Jeane Mortenson was humble, shy and longed to start a family of her own. Though she’s best-remembered for her looks, Marilyn was also kind-hearted and politically engaged before her time.

29 Marilyn Monroe Facts

A true 1950s icon, fans are still enamored today by Marilyn Monroe’s timeless beauty and charisma.

So, to celebrate the fascinating life of the world’s best-loved blonde bombshell, we’ve compiled a collection of our favourite Marilyn Monroe facts and iconic ‘Marilyn moments’…

1) Marilyn loved to read literature

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Marilyn Monroe owned an extensive library of literature and was an avid reader. Often photographed enjoying a good book, some of Monroe’s favourites included The Fall by Albert Camus and Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises. 

2) Marilyn Monroe was just a stage name

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Marilyn’s real name was Norma Jaeane Mortenson, as documented on her birth certificate. Ben Lyon, Head of New Talent at Fox Studios helped a young and ambitious Norma Jeane to create a stage name.

Lyon told her “you are to me a Marilyn” in reference to Marilyn Miller, a woman who starred in musicals in New York. When it came to choosing a last name, Norma opted for her grandmother’s last name, Monroe. And the rest is history!

3) Monroe loved to wear Chanel No.5

If you’ve ever wondered what Marilyn Monroe’s scent of choice was, look no further than Chanel’s first and most timeless perfume. In an interview in 1952, Marilyn Monroe said that she wore “five drops of Chanel No. 5” and nothing else in bed. “I don’t want to say nude,” she said, “but it’s the truth.”

4) She married her first husband at 16

Before the bright lights of Hollywood swept up a young Norma Jean and Marilyn Monroe was born, James Dougherty married the pretty teenager when she was just 16.

“We decided to get married to prevent her from going back to a foster home,” Dougherty later said, “but we were in love. I never knew Marilyn Monroe, and I don’t claim to have any insights to her to this day,” Dougherty told United Press International in 1990. “I knew and loved Norma Jean.”

5) Marilyn was underpaid for her work

In comparison to her fellow leading ladies of the era, Marilyn Monroe was overworked and underpaid. Elizabeth Taylor was paid one million dollars for Cleopatra, while Monroe earned just $100,000 for Something’s Gotta Give. Jane Russell, Marilyn’s co-star in Gentleman Prefer Blondes was also paid over ten times the amount that Marilyn earned.

6) Marilyn married playwright Arthur Miller

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In 1956, Marilyn married playwright, author and screenwriter, Arthur Miller.  The turbulent relationship proved controversial once in the public eye and many speculated that Miller was simply using Marilyn as his muse.

Though their relationship ended in heartache, Miller went on to write:

“She was a whirling light to me then, all paradox and enticing mystery, street-tough one moment, then lifted by a lyrical and poetic sensitivity that few retain past early adolescence.”

7) Marilyn opposed segregation laws

In the 1950s, segregation laws were still very much in force. This meant American jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald struggled to reach the audience she needed to really launch her career.

Marilyn used her platform to help Ella land gigs around Los Angeles, promising management that she would sit in the front row of Ella’s shows for a week!

8) Monroe was definitely a ‘dog person’

Throughout her life, Marilyn owned several dogs. As a child, she had a dog called Tippy, and her last four-legged friend was Maf, a Maletese terrier gifted to her by none other than Frank Sinatra!

9) She entertained army troops

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In the February of 1954, thousands of troops gazed up at Marilyn Monroe, who illuminated the stage with ten shows during her visit to Korea. Ted Sherman, who served in the Navy during World War II and Korea, recalled: ‘The movie star was at her glamorous best when she performed ten USO shows in four days for U.S. soldiers, airmen, Marines and sailors during the Korean War in early 1954.”

Sherman added:

“It was a great evening for all the homesick guys who were dazzled by the movie star’s performance. The sight and sounds of Marilyn singing “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” is a memory I still cherish.”

10) Marilyn married Joe DiMaggio

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Marilyn Monroe and “Yankee Clipper” Joe DiMaggio shared a whirlwind romance, marrying in 1954 and splitting just nine months later. DiMaggio’s love for Monroe lasted far longer than their marriage survived. Remaining friends until the end, DiMaggio had roses delivered to Marilyn’s crypt three times a week for 20 years.

11) She was notorious for always being late

Nobody’s perfect…and when it came to time keeping, Marilyn’s was certainly an issue. The star was often known to be running late!

12) Marilyn was involved with the Kennedys

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Though the topic has been debated over the years, many believe that Marilyn Monroe had been romantically involved with both President John. F. Kennedy and his brother, Robert Kennedy.

One of Marilyn’s biographers, James Spada told People magazine, “it was clear Marilyn had sexual relations with both Bobby and Jack. ”

13) Marilyn longed to have children

Sadly, Marilyn suffered several miscarriages during the life. But the star longed for children of her own. This was clear from the close relationships she maintained with her stepchildren from her marriages to Arthur Miller and Joe DiMaggio.

14) And she was very intelligent

Though the “blonde bombshell” stereotype seemed to coincide with being a “dumb blonde”, this was far from the case. Marilyn had an IQ of 168.

15) Hugh Hefner is buried next to her

One of the more bizarre Marilyn Monroe facts out there is that Playboy founder Hugh Hefner bought the burial spot next to Marilyn Monroe in 1992. Starring on the cover of the first issue in 1953, Marilyn helped to shape the magazine into the publication that it became.

16) She struggled with her weight

Though her hourglass shape continues to inspire ladies to embrace their natural body shape, Marilyn’s weight fluctuated throughout her career. Her weight changed so dramatically during the filming of The Prince and the Showgirl that Beatrice Dawson, the costume designer for the film said: “I have two ulcers from this film, and they’re both monogrammed MM.”

17) Marilyn was close to Frank Sinatra

Hollywood duo Marilyn Monroe and crooning legend Frank Sinatra maintained a friendship over a number of years, with many stories detailing a close romance between the pair. Supposedly in 1961, Marilyn and Sinatra embarked on an intimate relationship, lasting several months.

James Kaplan’s account of their relationship claims that Sinatra asked Monroe to stay with him at his Lake Tahoe resort, in a final attempt to win over the actress and protect her from the darker sides to fame. It’s also thought that Sinatra expressed his desires to marry Marilyn, but she declined his proposal.

Following Marilyn’s death, Joe DiMaggio turned Sinatra away from her funeral. The former friends had become rivals, and many believe that Marilyn and Joe had rekindled their romance prior to her passing away.

18) She shared out her estate

Marilyn’s estate was valued at $1.6 million when she died in 1962. She left 75% of that estate to her acting coach, Lee Strasberg and 25% to her psychoanalyst, Dr. Marianne Kris. Marilyn also left a trust fun for her mother that was worth $5,000 a year.

19) Happy Birthday, Mr President

Need we say more? This iconic occasion saw Marilyn perform a breathy rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ for President John F Kennedy. Her controversial delivery and dazzling rhinestone dress sent the press into a frenzy!

Of course, this performance fuelled more rumours that Marilyn and JFK were having an affair. It was reported that Jack had told her he would leave his family, and Marilyn had said to her friend Jeanne Carmen, “Can’t you just see me as first lady?”.

20) Marilyn was a fan of yoga

Decades before doing yoga became an Instagram necessity, Monroe was a fan of doing yoga. She was taught by Bollywood film star Indra Devi, who also taught Greta Garbo and Gloria Swanson.

21) She also enjoyed lifting weights!

Marilyn began to lift weights while she was on Catalina Island with her first husband. It’s said that she studied weightlifting with Howard Corrington, a former Olympic champion.

In 1952, Pageant magazine published a feature on Marilyn’s exercise routine and famous figure. Marilyn shared:

“I spend at least 10 minutes each morning working out with small weights. I have evolved my own exercises, for the muscles I wish to keep firm, and I know they are right for me because I can feel them putting the proper muscles into play as I exercise.”

22) ‘Candle in the Wind’ is about Marilyn

Elton John’s 1973 hit Candle in the Wind was inspired by Marilyn, and even references her birth name, Norma Jeane. The song empathises with Marilyn’s struggles, particularly the way in which the press harrassed her.

23) Marilyn’s house had been bugged

Following Marilyn’s death, actress Veronica Hamel bought Monroe’s former home. Supposedly, when Hamel was renovating the house she found a system of wire-taps. It was later confirmed by PI Fred Otash that Marilyn’s house had been bugged by the FBI and CIA…scary stuff indeed!

24) Britney Spears has Marilyn’s jeans

One of our favourite Marilyn Monroe facts features another female icon. Britney Spears, the original pop princess was given Marilyn Monroe’s jeans from River of No Return by Tommy Hilfiger, who purchased them for $37,000!

25) The ‘Marilyn Monroe Moment’….

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Arguably the most famous ‘Marilyn Monroe Moment’ is this scene from The Seven Year Inch. The famous fluttering dress saw the phrase ‘Marilyn Monroe Moment’ become an iconic phrase through the decades!

We hope you’ve enjoyed our collection of the best Marilyn Monroe facts and moments from over the years. We’d love to have you come and stay in our Marilyn Monroe room at Arthouse Hotel.

26) Mariah Carey bought Marilyn’s Piano

Mariah Carey purchased Marilyn Monroe’s baby grand piano in an auction in 1999.

27) She thought of Clark Gable as a Father

Sadly, Marilyn Monroe never knew who her father was, but grew up dreaming that Gable was her father.

When the pair became co-stars in The Misfits, she began to see her co-star as a father figure, and was heartbroken when he passed away.

28) And Was Inspired by Abraham Lincoln

Another inspiration in Marilyn’s life was none other than Abraham Lincoln! The star read everything she could about him and wrote in her autobiography:

“He was the only famous American who seemed most like me, at least in his childhood.”

29) The Conspiracies around Marilyn Monroe

When Marilyn sadly passed away, her death was ruled a “probable suicide.” However, the deputy coroner dealing with her death was unable to obtain all of the necessary organs for toxicology tests. He was told they’d been destroyed.

This spurred on an array of conspiracies around Marilyn’s death. One theory suggests that Marilyn was murdered because she was set to reveal the details of her affairs with the Kennedy brothers. But of course, this is just a theory, and we’ll probably never know for certain…

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Who Really is the Best Spiderman? You Decide

In the light of the latest Spiderman movie coming to big screens all over the world, we thought we’d take a look back at those who have donned the Spidey suit over the years, and who really can be named the very best Spiderman.

Who Was The Best Spidey

Working through the movies, and the actors who played the friendly neighbourhood superhero, we plucked the very best and most memorable and enjoyable moments of each Spidey to determine who the best Spiderman really is.

First Up Toby Maguire

Appearing in three of the latest Spiderman movie, Toby Maguire really was given props for bringing Peter Parker to life.

The bookish, bespectacled character fit well with Maguire’s rather pale and unassuming look.

Our favourite moments from this movie are when Parker’s Spidey senses kick in and he takes on school bully Flash.

This entire scene captures Spiderman’s ever-present struggle between balancing his regular self and his Spidey self.

No one could ever forget the upside down kiss, recreated in so many movies since, this is the moment when we see Spidey use his powers to his advantage, winning the heart of his long-term crush Mary Jane.

These are just two scenes from the first instalments in Maguires trilogy as Spidey and already we’re liking what we see for him to become favourite.

Next Up, it’s Andrew Garfield

Even though Garfield’s movies have been hailed as the worst in the collection by super fans, what he brought to the role is what makes Spiderman such a relatable superhero; he made his audiences laugh.

It is said that the reason Spiderman became such a favourite among comic book superheroes in the early days, was that he was so relatable.

He quickly became famous for his inner monologue, which first prompted the use of thought bubbles in earlier comics, as well as his never-ending quips about the “sticky” situations Spidey often faced.

These funny jokes and clever one-liners make Garfield’s Spidey likeable and keep the audience’s attention but there’s one thing that failed in the eyes of the most diehard fans.

The most notable let down of Garfield’s Peter Parker is that he played the role less geeky and decidedly more hipster and cool than the original comic books portrayed. This is believed to have taken some of the applauded relatability away from Garfield’s version of Spidey, the script making Spiderman rather smug and a bit of a bully at times.

But let’s face it Garfield is definitely the coolest Spidey to date, hands down.

Onto Our Present-Day Spiderman Tom Holland

As we look forward to the latest instalment of the Spidey franchise, fans can’t wait to see what Tom Holland will bring to the role of Peter Parker and Spidey.

It’s a given that the boyish quality of this latest version of Spiderman relates more to the teenage angst and melodrama portrayed in the comics. Holland’s Spidey simply can’t wait to unleash his abilities to save the world, a quality that previous versions seem to have battled with.

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What’s more Holland’s portrayal takes viewers on an emotional rollercoaster, watching Parker’s joy when he discovers new uses for his fantastic abilities and the devastation when he is told he won’t become a part of the Avengers.

One of the best Spiderman scenes of Holland’s portrayal as Parker is when he’s self-documenting his journey. Something every teenager of today would do had he discovered he had superpowers.

The others are when Parker and his best friend are casually discussing saving the world, crime fighting and hacking past Stark security settings on the new and improved Spidey suit.

We’ll let you choose your favourite moments from what has already been hailed the very best Spiderman movie of all time when you go and see it for yourselves. For now, the jury remains out on who really has played the best Spiderman so far.

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The Best Prom Scenes from the Best Prom Movies

As it’s prom season, and we love a good prom almost as much as a good movie, we thought we’d combine our two favourite things, creating a list of the best prom scenes from the very best prom based movies.

Everything from horror and fashion fails, to important messages and personal breakthrough moments, we’ve covered it all.

Carrie – The Blood Prom Scene

We had to start our list off with a truly terrifying, yet utterly unforgettable prom scene. This is the one from horror movie epic, Carrie.

After being crowned Prom queen in a cruel prank, Carrie gets soaked in pigs’ blood on stage.

Her rage makes her believe the entire school hall has erupted with laughter and Carrie snaps. Using her telekinesis to lock all the exits to the hall, trapping the pranksters and the rest of the school inside, she kills every one.

American Pie – Jim’s Monologue Prom Scene

After spending an entire movie trying to have sex, the gang from American Pie are at a pivotal moment at prom. Realising that the stress and pressure they’ve put on themselves just wasn’t worth it.

“You know what, I am so sick and tired of all this bullsh*t pressure. I mean, I haven’t even had sex and already, I can’t stand it. I hate sex! I’m not gonna stand around here busting my balls over something that….quite frankly isn’t that damn important. Now I’m gonna go hang out with that geek over there because at least SHE has something else to talk about BESIDES SEX. Goddamn!” JIM GOLDSTEIN.

And we know how the rest goes. Jim marries “that geek” and they live happily ever after.

She’s All That – The Best Routine Prom Scene

Apart from the sickening storyline of She’s All That, the prom scene featuring baby Usher and a really lil, Lil Kim is up there with our pick of the very best prom scenes ever.

The reason for the appearance of the perfectly choreographed routine was simply a case of the director’s love of dance, and the producer having a brother who just happened to be a choreographer.

It’s not what you know but who, right?

Back to the Future – Inventing Rock and Roll Prom Scene

After travelling back in time to his mother and fathers high school years, Marty McFly takes the opportunity to wow the crowds by inventing rock n’ roll in Back to The Future.

Of course, another memorable, yet disturbing moment from this movie is the stomach-wrenching moment when Marty’s mom comes onto her future son, kissing him after a few cheeky drinks.

Eeeeew!

Twilight – Love Behind the Scenes Prom Scene

Perhaps one of the most glamourous prom scenes in movie history, Twilight has it all. Beautiful vampires, moody music, overly passionate discussions of darkness and death.

The best thing we discovered about the prom scene in Twilight though, is what happened behind the scenes.

“It was the end of the shoot, and we were all so close and not wanting to go home yet. That’s the one scene I look at and always start crying,” Kristen explains. “And I’m not a bit embarrassed about it.”

Remember when R-Pat and K-Stew were once a thing, for real, well at the time she was asked which scene was her favourite from the movie franchise, she chose the prom scene.

For various mushy reasons of course.

10 Things I Hate About You – Sucker Punch Prom Scene

An insanely complex plot for a teen movie, based on the Shakespearean play The Taming of the Shrew, with a fantastic prom scene that showcases a little female empowerment.

After a lot of big reveals, the instigator who hurt so many people throughout the whole movie gets his comeuppance, receiving two punches to the nose and a kick to the groin as punishment for his indiscretions.

Never Been Kissed – Dog Food Queens Prom Scene

After being cruelly tricked at her own prom, Josie “Grossy” Geller gets a chance to live the perfect prom all over again in Never Been Kissed. 

All is going well until she sees another girl about to become the butt of a cruel joke.

In a stroke of conscience, Josie foils the prank and three “prettiest girls” in school are showered in dog food.

Jaw Breaker – The Meltdown Prom Scene

After a birthday prank between three cliquey friends goes wrong with one of them ending up dead, a spiral of lies and deceit unfolds with Courtney (Rose McGowan) as the ringleader.

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This is All American high school movie has a disturbing dark side that culminates in one of the most amazing prom scenes of all time.

Courtney and her accomplices are discovered and her meltdown at prom is what put Jawbreaker on our list.

Grease – Cha-Cha Steals the Prom Scene

The main characters from Grease may be the ones we all remember but the prom scene that stands out among our list is when sassy dancer Cha-Cha busts out the moves with old partner Danny Zucko.

Poor Sandy, we know but, she really is the “best dancer at St Bernadette’s” even if she does have “the worse reputation”.

Teen Wolf – Fight Prom Scene

Another moment when the bad guy gets a walloping makes Teen Wolf one of the best movies with the best prom scene.

Let’s face it Michael J. Fox is a prom, scene-stealing King.

Napoleon Dynamite – So Wrong Its Right Prom Scene

We love Napoleon Dynamite for its cringe-worthy awkwardness, that’s why we’d expect nothing less than the hardest to watch prom scene ever to come out of this movie.

From stiff as a board dance moves, lingering too long looks in the eyes and some of the gaudiest fashion choices ever made on film, this prom scene is so wrong its just right.

Pretty in Pink – That Dress Prom Scene

Fashion fails are our favourite, and one that tops the list is the ghastly Pretty in Pink ensemble that aspiring “fashion designer” Andie creates for prom.

This dress truly does steal the entire prom scene, regardless of which ending writers went with (there were two) it’s not the storyline of the movie but that dress that audiences will remember forever.

Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion – Threesome Dance Prom Scene

Following a miserable time in high school and a largely unsuccessful few years after, Romy and Michelle are determined to turn their high school dance memories around.

Their plot backfires, of course, until they are saved by an equally geeky guy who happens to have become a billionaire.

Their three-way dance is the stuff of legend and, although technically not a prom scene, there are high school alumni present so we’re going to include it.

Prom Night – Jamie Lee Saves the Day Prom Scene

Not the only thing that we love from the original Prom Night (check out Jamie Lee’s dance moves)

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But without a doubt, one of the greatest prom scenes of all time is when Jamie Lee Curtis, the first lady of slasher movies, takes out the bad guy with an axe to the face.

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Footloose – The Final Dance Scene

After arriving in the sleepy town of Bomont Utah, Ren McCormack played by Kevin Bacon, discovers music and dancing have been banned. A decision made after a town authority’s son died in a car crash, coming home from a night of dancing.

The final dance of the film at senior prom is a culmination of all the storylines, showing the joy dancing can bring to both the young and old.

Plus, we simply adore Bacon’s moves throughout this entire movie.

Mean Girls – Crown Breaking Scene

Straying away from the silly and scary, we’ve picked the prom scene from Mean Girls because of its inclusive and moving crowning moment.

When Cady is crowned Prom Queen but instead of taking the crown for herself, she breaks it into pieces and shares it amongst the crowd.

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A gesture that demonstrated her personal growth and acceptance of self. A touching moment indeed.

Lady Bird – Best Friend Date Prom Scene

An amazing coming of age movie, Lady Bird highlights the struggles a young girl faces, trying to escape the confines of the small town she’s grown up in.

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After working her way through the usual “hot boy” suspects for potential prom dates, Lady Bird realises it’s her best friend who she’d like to mark the special occasion with.

The two-attend prom together and dance . . . and then we cry.

Not Another Teen Movie – Another Routine Prom Scene

Who knew there were so many prom scenes that involved perfectly choreographed dance routines?

This one, a spoof of all the top teen movies of our time, wraps things up with a montage song of all the characters getting ready to go to prom.

High School Musical 3 – Zac Efron’s Crotch Prom Scene

More dancing but this time its not the carefully choreographed routine that caught our eye.

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It’s the sight of heartthrob Zac Efron, thrusting his crotch at the camera every given moment.

Down Boy! You’re still in high school!

Buffy The Vampire Slayer – Hilary Swank Gets Knocked Out Prom Scene

Okay so technically not a prom, but the “last dance of their last year” turns into a blood bath when several seniors turn Vampire and crash the party.

We love how, after the Vampires have their way and Buffy returns for the big climax and one of the cliquey girls, played by Hilary Swank, is knocked out by the principal.

As Prom season approaches, we encourage you to enjoy every moment and make the most of the simpler years of your life. Things only get harder from here on in, as these top prom scenes show, it’s not all plain sailing after high school and college either.

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