5 Things You Didn't Know About  Marilyn Monroe

By: Clare Whitaker

Blond bombshell Marilyn Monroe (1926–1962) was a legendary Hollywood beauty and entertainer. Her short career included modeling, acting, and singing, but she is most remembered for her flawless looks and swoon-worthy figure. Despite countless admiring fans, famous suitors, and promising performances, Marilyn's life was shadowed by an array of personal problems including drug and alcohol abuse. Today she is fondly celebrated as a star from a bygone era who captured glamour with comic humility and fierce passion.

1. Early in her modeling career, Monroe was named the "Artichoke Queen" at an agriculture festival in Castroville, California.

2. In 1953, Marilyn was named “The Most Advertised Girl in the World,” representing numerous brands, including American Airlines, Tan-Tan Suntan, Pabst Beer, and Kyron Way Diet Pills.

3. Variety magazine’s headline after the 1956 nuptials of playwright Arthur Miller and Marilyn Monroe read: “Egghead Weds Hourglass.”

4. Marilyn’s male hero was Abraham Lincoln, once saying, “He was the only famous American who seemed most like me, at least in his childhood.” She also loved Clark Gable, and as a child she dreamed he was her father.

5. For twenty years after her death, past husband Joe DiMaggio arranged to have roses sent to her burial site three times a week.