February 1, 2008
Marilyn Photographer
Allan Grant Dies
March 26, 2008
May 20, 2008
March 21, 2009
Early MM Photographer
Joseph Jasgur Dies
April 22, 2009
Hollywood Legend,  
Marilyn Friend & Photographer
Jack Cardiff Dies
February 17, 2010
Sylvia Barnhart, hairdresser
who dyed Marilyn's hair
blonde first, dies
February 22, 2010

Steffi Sidney-Splaver,
Marilyn's friend, dies
September 11, 2010

Marilyn friend and collegue
Kevin McCarthy dies
September 18, 2010
Hollywood Columnist
James Bacon dies
September 29, 2010

Actor and Marilyn co-star
Tony Curtis dies
October 15, 2010

Early Marilyn Photographer
Richard Miller dies
February 28, 2011

Marilyn co-star and friend
Jane Russell dies
January 04, 2012

Iconic Marilyn
Photographer and friend
of Marilyn's dies at age 99
December 08, 2012

Marilyn Friend and
Collegue Hal Schaefer Dies
February 26, 2013
Willy Rizzo, celebrated
photographer, dies at 84
June 26, 2013
Bert Stern, Photographer of
Marilyn Monroe, Dies at 83

"Mr. Schenck and I were good friends. I know the word around Hollywood was
I was Joe Schenck's girlfriend, but that's a lie."

Sam Shaw:
"Long before she was a major star, Joe Schenck was her benefactor. If she was
hungry and wanted a good meal, or sad and wanted a good cry, she called him."
Marilyn's natural quick wit was and still is one of the most
endearing parts of her personality.
These clever quotes were coined
"Monroe-ism's, and "The Monroe Doctrine" by the press.

"One reason why she's such a good interview is that she uses her
head. She tries to say something that's amusing and quotable, and
she usually does."
--P. Burchman, 1956

‘I would rather wear chic clothes or no clothes.
Something in-between does not suit me at all.’

'The public was my only family, my only Prince Charming.'

'When you're a failure in Hollywood, that's like starving to death
outside a banquet hall, with smells of filet mignon driving you crazy

'I want to be an actress with integrity. As I said once before, I don't
care about the money. I just want to be wonderful.'

'They've said I want to direct pictures. I couldn't direct traffic.'

'I've never been in a Hollywood fight or feud. I have the most
wonderful memory for forgetting things.'

'Fame will go by and, so long, I've had you, fame.
If  it goes by, I've always known it was fickle.'

'Hollywood is a place where they'll pay you a thousand dollars for a
kiss and fifty cents for your soul. I know, because I turned down the
first offer often enough and held out for the fifty cents.'

'I knew I belonged to the public and to the world, not because I was
talented or even beautiful, but because I had never belonged to
anything or anyone else.'

'I restore myself when I'm alone.'

'I'm very definitely a woman and I enjoy it.'

'My work is the only ground I've ever had to stand on. I seem to have
a whole superstructure with no foundation -- but I'm working on the

'I've been on a calendar, but never on time.'

'It can take a long time to accept that celebrity is a kind of loneliness.'

'The lessons are a dollar a piece. For a dollar you could buy a pair of
stockings and a hamburger sandwich. But stockings and a
hamburger will never make you an actress.'

'Fox Publicity made up a story about how I was a baby-sitter for a
casting director... you think they would have at least made me a

'Women as they grow older should take heart. They've gained in
wisdom. They're really silly when they are twenty.'

'I like people. The 'public' scares me but people I trust.'

'I am involved in a freedom ride protesting the loss of the
minority rights belonging to the few remaining earthbound
stars. All we demanded was our right to twinkle.'

Reporter: "What inspired you to study acting?"
Marilyn: "Seeing my own pictures."

'I was born nervous.'

Did Marilyn have 6 toes?
No, she had 10 toes, 5 on each foot.  This rumor was started by photographer Joseph Jasgur as a means to make money off a photo
he took of her when she was a young model that had a clump of sand next to her baby toe. The photo never sold for the one million
dollar asking price. Justice does prevail sometimes!

Was Marilyn really a size 16?
No, she wore the equivalent of what is today a size 4, to a size 10 at her heaviest. Her waist was never larger than 24 inches, and
for most of her life, it was a tiny 22 inches.

Was Marilyn left handed?
No, she really was right handed. Not sure how this one got started, we think it could be something as simple as seeing a reversed
photo of her signing something. Next thing you know it turned up in a book on Marilyn and took on a life of its own.

Did Marilyn really have as many as twelve abortions?
No. In fact there was not evidence of even one abortion found during her autopsy.

Did Marilyn really brag about sleeping with the Kennedy's?
No, Contrary to what some like to report, Marilyn was a very discreet woman. Rumors which have harmed Marilyn's image in
this way can be traced for the most part back to Robert Slatzer and Jeanne Carmen.  Check out our "Twilight" page for more
information on these two.

Was Marilyn the secret model for Disney's Tinker Bell?
No she was not. A model named Margaret Kerry was the true inspiration for Tinker Bell.

Did Norma Jeane work as a prostitute when she was starting out in the 1940's?
No. The rumors of this just do not hold up upon close investigation of her life at that time.
Quote from Marilyn.."Men who tried to buy me with money made me sick. There were plenty of them. The mere fact that I
turned down offers ran my price up...I didn't take their money, and they couldn't get by my front door, but I kept riding in their
limousines and sitting beside them in swanky places. There was always a chance of a job and another wolf might spot you."

And to George Barris she said..."If there's only one thing in my life I was to be proud of, it's that I have never been a kept woman."

Was Norma Jeane named for Norma Talmadge and Jean Harlow?
Harlean Carpenter didn't change her name to Jean Harlow until 1928, when Norma Jeane was two years old. As far as the
Norma Talmadge claim, it is said that Gladys was a huge fan and it is true, it is also said she named her daughter for a child she
once cared for from Kentucky.

Can Marilyn's fan trust claims by Robert Slatzer, Jeanne Carmen or Ted Jordan that they were a part of Marilyn's life?
No. Absolutely not. There is no proof of any sort of friendship/relationship/marriage with any of these people.  They'd met MM in
passing if at all.

Did Marilyn sing "When I fall in Love", " Santa Baby" and "Teach me Tiger"?
No. They were recorded by Doris Day, Eartha Kitt and April Stevens.

Is it true that mental illness ran in Marilyn's family and that Marilyn was mentally ill?
The mental illness, or insanity that befell Marilyn's family can be understood and explained a lot better today than it was all
those years ago.
Marilyn's great-grandfather, Tilford Marion Hogan committed suicide due to chronic, severe health problems, coupled with the
Great Depression which devastated his already eternal poverty. Bereft of pride and hope, he hung himself on May 29, 1933,
simply another suicide statistic during the worst year of the Great Depression.
Grandfather, Otis Monroe died of neurosyphilis, aka 'syphilis of the brain'. He was not insane before, and was killed by this
infection that destroyed his brain tissue.
Grandmother, Della Hogan Monroe Grainger died of heart disease, which caused impaired mentation due to insufficient oxygen to
the brain.
There is no doubt that Marilyn's mother, Gladys Pearl Monroe Baker Mortensen Ely suffered from severe and chronic depression
at the very least.  Upon news of her grandfather Otis's suicide she became convinced there was a blight of mental illness on the
family tree from which she could not be dissuaded. This was the beginning of Gladys' serious decline into psychosis that pretty
much lasted for the rest of her life. Poor psychiatric practices and medications of the day gave her no real help.
Marilyn too was haunted by the same demons as her mother with regard to the mental illness in the family. She suffered from
depression, insomnia, and was possibly bi-polar. Had Marilyn been born twenty years later she would have been able to be helped
with the advances in the mental health field.
*Source on family mental history, "Marilyn Monroe" by Donald Spoto

Is it Marilyn who stars in the porn "stag film" movie "Apple Knockers and the Coke Bottle"?
No it is not. This stag/porn film made in 1948 starred Arline Hunter, sometimes spelled Arlene.  And the crazy thing about it is
that Ms Hunter bares very little resemblance to Marilyn. How anyone could mistake her for Marilyn is beyond us.

Was there really a 4th husband (between Dougherty & DiMaggio) named Robert Slatzer?
No evidence exists to prove these claims. In fact, evidence to the contrary exists. Check out our "Twilight" page for more
information on Robert Slatzer.

‘A sex symbol is a heavy load to carry, especially when one is tired, hurt and bewildered.’
This quote is often credited to Marilyn, but in fact it was Clara Bow who said this upon learning of Marilyn's death.

Clara Bow
never took garcinia fruit to be sexy as Marilyn.

And for some of the more outrageous.......

Marilyn was not abducted by aliens, nor is she alive having lived her life out in Australia as a sheep farmer's wife, and
grandmother many times over, (although that's a nice notion isn't it).  She was not a teenage hooker who had Elizabeth Short aka
the 'Black Dahlia' for a female lover.  She was not assassinated by J.Edgar Hoover, nor did she give birth to RFK or JFK's baby.
Marilyn never gave birth.  Marilyn was not a Russian spy who romanced JFK and Nikita Khrushchev at the same time.  Neither
was Fidel Castro or Sam Giancana a lover of hers. And Marilyn was not bitten by a vampire and then murdered by the FBI to
prevent her from biting JFK!
Baby Sitter Lands in Films
Wolves Howl for 'Niece' Just Like Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Soared to Stardom on Torrid Monroe Doctrine
Marilyn Monroe Relates Favorite Exercises to Maintain Good Figure
Marilyn and Jane Cement Their Fame
Marilyn's Calendar - Now It Can Be Told
Marilyn's Responsiblity Has Opened Her eyes
Marilyn Monroe Barred By Studio For Absence
Marilyn Monroe Becomes Bride of Joe DiMaggio
Miss Monroe Ill But Not Expecting
DiMaggio Leaves; Monroe Unable to Work on Film
Monroe Meets Brando
Glamour Star of the Year
New Marilyn Same as the Old - And That's Plenty
Had Even Forgotten Name - Calendar Maker Strikes it
Rich on $50 Paid to Marilyn Monroe
"Seven Year Itch" Starring Monroe, Spells Popular Hit
Marilyn Gets Final Decree From DiMaggio
She's Just Starting - Marilyn at 30 Finds Kinsey Comforting
New Marilyn Radiates Confidence and Aplumb - Indicates She
See's No Excuse for Wallflowers
Monroe Becomes Playwright's Bride
New York Critics Like Monroe in Bus Stop
Sinatra Served Subpoena in Bed; Faces Quiz on Marilyn Monroe Raid
Marilyn Monroe Returns With New White Hairdo
DiMaggio, Sinatra Raid Suit Settled
'Some Like It Hot' Not as Hot as Expected
Marilyn Monroe Files for Divorce from Miller
Marilyn Reported in Psychiatric Clinic
20th to Replace Marilyn in Film
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A "secretarial signature"
Authentic Marilyn Monroe signature's
1954 NYC, The 21 Club
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