18 rare facts about Marilyn Monroe you probably never knew

It is very common that Marilyn Monroe's birth name was Norma Jean Baker

But do you know why she changed her birth name and how she got her stage name?

Do you want to find out?

keep on reading this article as I will be telling you 18 very rare facts about the Hollywood Bombshell, Marilyn Monroe.

·      Fact 1

Marilyn Monroe was sent to an orphanage when she was only nine years old.

This happened due to the mental issues her mother was battling with, her mother was hospitalised at the period this happened.

Going forward, throughout her childhood, she had a total 11 foster parents.

·    Fact 2

While many other children were experiencing teenage hood, Marilyn Monroe married her first husband, James Dougherty at the age of 16.


Close sources revealed she was “married off” by her foster parents because they saw her as a burden and did not want to be responsible for her.

The marriage lasted only 4 years. Interesting right? Keep reading for more.

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·     Facts 3

She worked for the Talent Fox Studio, Ben Lyon who was the head of talent at Fox Studios, helped create her stage name, Marilyn Monroe.

The name Marilyn was chosen based on a stage actress in New York that time.

Marilyn asked to use her grandmother’s last name, Monroe.

On Monday, February 23, 1956, she made it her name official and legally changed her name to Marilyn Monroe.

·    Fact 4

After the death of her agent and romance partner, Johnny Hyde, Marilyn Monroe recorded her first suicide attempt in 1950

·  Fact 5

Indeed Marilyn Monroe was known for many things, she was also known to refer to “Marilyn Monroe” in the third person.

·  Fact 6

Marilyn Monroe was not paid well the way her contemporaries were paid, she was only paid a fraction of what was made.

Let us take Elizabeth Taylor for example.

Marilyn was paid $100,000 for her last film while Taylor received $1 million around that same period.  


·      Fact 7

In 1953 Marilyn Monroe became the first cover star and centerfold for the Playboy magazine.

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·      Facts 8

In 1950 she had her nose done. The operation she did lifted her nose and had cartilage placed in her chin, she did this to make her jawline stronger.

·      Fact 9

Marriage did not plan work out well for Marilyn as she was married to her second husband, Joe DiMaggio for only eight months in 1954.

·      Facts 9

In her mysteriously written autobiography, which she named My Story, 

she wrote about her and claimed that she was related to President James Monroe. 

This sparked some confusion and investigations.

·      Facts 10

She did not only act for production companies, Marilyn also owned her own production company, which she named Marilyn Monroe Productions.

Her company only released one movie in 1957 titled, The Prince and the Showgirl.

·      Facts 11

Now this is one very rare fact not everyone knew about Marilyn Monroe, Marilyn is a bookworm, she reads book.

Not everyone knew this movie star was way intelligent than what she was portrayed as. 

When she died, she owned over 400 books of which she had read.

·      Facts 12

Marilyn was said to be frustrating, during the set of the movie, some like It Hot,

Monroe would often request to do twenty to thirty takes of the same scene.

This was really frustrating to her co-stars and it eventually led to Tony Curtis’ famous line, “It was like kissing Hitler.”

·      Facts 13

She had a miscarriage and an ectopic pregnancy when she was married to the playwright Arthur Miller.

Yes, I forgot to mention earlier that she was married for the third time to the playwright, Arthur Miller.

She recorded her second suicide attempt after losing her first unborn child.

·      Fact 14

We all know her to be a famous movie star as she has made a career out of acting but one rare thing we do not know is 

Marilyn often forgot her lines when she stood in front of the camera.

People that she worked with claimed she gets very nervous when she steeped in front of a camera.

·      Facts 15

For a period, Marilyn was once roommates with actress Shelley Winters, 

who claimed that Marilyn did not have the kitchen skills and was not very knowledgeable in that area.

A counter opinion arose when a handwritten recipe that later featured in a book of her letters proved otherwise.

·      Fact 16

Marilyn was known for being late. The film crew would wait for hours for her to show up when working on a movie.

Sometime she does not show up at all.

·      Fact 17

Speaking of actresses whose attitude has cost them their job, Marilyn Monroe is one among others.

She got fired from Something’s Got to Give because of her inconsistency and late behavior.

·      Fact 18

It was rumoured that Marilyn had an affairs with the Kennedy brothers and it is still debated now.

Below are some very rare pictures of Marilyn Monroe:

Which of these facts took you by surprise?

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