Marilyn Monroe is a legend whose memories are still incredibly powerful and awe-worthy. Her on-screen persona left men drooling and women idolizing her. But, behind her million-dollar smile and the sizzling blonde image, there lived a talented and an educated person, who was mostly ignored. Take a look at these interesting facts about Marilyn Monroe that will make you admire her even more.
Before the start of the Monroe era
Born as Norma Jeane Mortenson, Monroe moved to live with her foster parents after a unsuccessful marriage in the year 1944. At that time, she started to work at the military factory, where the air crafts and drones were assembled. Although her job description didn't include technical parts, in this photo you can see her assembling the first ever drone.
Books and more books
Monroe never received an formal education but became a voracious reader. With more than 400 books in her library, her collection included everything from classics to fiction.
Monroe was a perfectionist
She was not very keen on always playing the dumb blonde on-screen and craved meatier roles. She even attended classes for the sames. Alas! filmmakers never gave her a chance to portray her true potential.
She could manipulate people like it's nobody's business
When we say manipulate, we don't mean it in a villainous way. But, it just shows us how intelligent she was. For instance, in 1952, she was photographed naked for a calendar and despite the studio asking her to not disclose it, she didn't listen. She embarrassingly told the public about her financial condition and how she had to do it for some extra income, and this gained her more fans.
She was ready
Monroe was waiting for the right opportunity to come knocking on the door. And, believing that would happen one day, she learned singing, dancing, and even yoga. Her schedule was always packed tight.
She was actively involved in charity
Marilyn was a giver. She was actively involved in various charities. From financially supporting organizers who were involved in supporting orphans to being a strong voice behind the abolition of nuclear weapons, she did it all.
She wanted equality
In one of her last interviews Monroe asked the interviewer to concentrate on more important things.
“What I really want to say: That 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.”
Monroe was more than just a dumb, beautiful blonde. She was a woman of courage and strength. With an acidic sense of humor and intelligence, she was an amazing actress. But, no one tried to see behind the facade.
“I can be smart when it’s important, but most men don’t like it.”
-From the movie "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes"