Art & Culture

3 Surprising Facts About Marilyn Monroe

Marc Gordon
Jun 01, 2021

Born on June 1st, 1926, Marilyn Monroe would have turned 95 today. To celebrate this special day, we selected three fascinating facts about our favorite pin-up-model-turned-actress. Even though her personal life and career seem to have become an open book, but there are still so many things people don’t know about her personal life and career.

Marilyn Monroe had an alter ego called Zelda Zonk.

Marilyn Monroe

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Being famous can be very draining. Marilyn’s blonde hair and beautiful eyes were easily recognizable from a distance, so she came up with a solution to avoid being constantly identified. When she wanted a day off from being a celebrity, Marilyn would wear a dark wig and sunglasses can pretend to be a woman named Zelda Zonk.

Marilyn Monroe was the first choice to play Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jeane Baker) dancing alone in the film The Prince and the Showgirl.

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The iconic role played by the fantastic Audrey Hepburn was supposed to have been Marilyn Monroe’s. The actress was Truman Capote’s first choice for the 1961 movie but chose to not accept the role. Apparently, Marilyn’s advisor and acting coach at the time suggested she shouldn’t take this part, saying it wouldn’t be the right role for her brand.

Marilyn Monroe wasn’t her first choice for her stage name.

American actress Marilyn Monroe climbing the stairs of the Actors Studio

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Even though the actress is now globally known as Marilyn Monroe, she was originally born Norma Jean Baker. When the time came for her to decide on a stage name, she first picked the alias “Jean Adair”.