Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson) was a huge movie star and sex symbol in the 1950s. She had a stylish profile, but still had a humble vibe about her that attracted many. Even with all of the things she’s known for, there are still some unique facts the common person may not know. Here are 6 unique things about Marilyn Monroe.
She Was Under Foster Care
When her mother had a nervous breakdown, Monroe stayed with a family friend. Over the course of her life, she stayed with 11 sets of foster parents.
Monroe Was a Smart-Arty
The perception of her being a ditzy blonde was a far cry from her real personality. She was actually well-read (owning 400+ books). Also, she had an IQ of 168 and took literature classes at UCLA. She hated the “dumb blonde” label Hollywood put on her.
She Had a Workout Regimen
Monroe was not afraid of a bit of sweat and pumping iron. In fact, her routine consisted of lifting weights, calisthenics, stretching, jogging, and swimming. No wonder she was curvy yet still had nice muscle definition.
She Was an Advocate for Civil Rights
Even down to social settings, she stood up for her friends of different races. One of her best friends, Ella Fitzgerald, held Monroe in high regard because she supported her singing career. Monroe was responsible for getting her a gig at the Hollywood nightclub, Mocambo. Before Monroe’s influence, they didn’t allow black performers.
Sometimes Took her Multiple Takes to Get One Line Right
One example is her infamous line in “Some Like It Hot”, which was “It’s me. Sugar.” 47 takes for one line? Yup, the patience was real. However, no one could turn down her radiant energy.
Lunch Was Not on Her Menu
On a typical production day, she’d eat eggs whipped with milk and a multi-vitamin. Her dinner consisted of steak/liver/lamb and some raw vegetables. She loved carrots. There was no lunch in between breakfast and dinner.