Marilyn Monroe Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets

13th November 2016

Fact: The blonde wig Marilyn Monroe wore for her final film, The Misfits, is up for auction for the first time in almost 20 years. The hairpiece hit the Heritage Auctions block online on Saturday (12Nov16), with bidding starting at $10,000 (£7,935), reports It previously sold for $29,900 (£23,730), and sale officials believe it will go for a minimum of $20,000 (£15,870) this time around.

13th August 2014

Fact: A collection of movie and music memorabilia including Marilyn Monroe's red sequined gown from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes will go on display at Christie's in London. The free exhibition, called Famous and Infamous, will also feature the desert robes of British officer D.E. Lawrence, the inspiration for Lawrence Of Arabia, and a Stetson hat worn by John Wayne.

23rd July 2014

Fact: Previously unseen photographs of Marilyn Monroe are to go on display in New York. The collection, entitled Marilyn: The Lost Photos, features snaps of the actress relaxing in between takes on the set of movies Niagara and River of No Return.

12th October 2012

Quote: "I saw The Seven Year Itch at about seven years old. That Halloween I was Marilyn Monroe in the white dress, with the mole. I went to the vintage Levi's store in London yesterday, and the lady said that the '50s jeans were the ones Marilyn Monroe used to wear - the same style. I'm still thinking about them. Maybe I'll get them for Christmas. Then I can look like Marilyn Monroe." Elle Fanning cites Marilyn Monroe as her Hollywood icon.

3rd August 2012

Fact: Flowers will be placed on Marilyn Monroe's star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame on Sunday (05Aug12) to mark the 50th anniversary of the tragic star's death.

28th June 2012

Fact: Lana Del Rey channels both Jackie Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe in the video for her new single National Anthem. The seven-minute epic begins as the singer seductively performs Monroe's Happy Birthday song for rapper A$Ap Rocky as late U.S. President John F. Kennedy, and she also dresses as the late First Lady in the clip.

1st June 2012

Fact: Lady GaGa channelled her inner Marilyn Monroe for tribute photo to the late Hollywood star on what would have been her 86th birthday on Friday (01Jun12). The singer curled her hair and donned red lipstick as she posed in her hotel room for the snap, which she posted on She tweeted, "HappyBirthdayMarilyn They'll never take our blonde hair and lipstick."

26th November 2011

Quote: "I wore wigs, but I had to keep my hair really bleached underneath because it would show through the wigs. My eyebrows had to be dark and they were reshaped. You go through so many grotesque phases making movies (laughs). I never really feel quite like myself. I just feel like a mutant - always halfway in between some other person and myself." Michelle Williams on her tough beauty regime to become Marilyn Monroe for new movie My Week With Marilyn.

22nd November 2011

Quote: "Marilyn was just human. She was made out to be this larger-than-life person but in reality she was just a girl who wanted to be loved. She was desperately trying to find her feet in the circus that went on around her. I think this industry is a bit mad and I can definitely relate to trying to find some sort of anchoring in it." My Week With Marilyn star Emma Watson identifies with tragic Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe.

27th October 2011

Quote: "I spent six months trying to talk myself out of it because it was just so daunting. I was never really a very good student. I didn’t go to school for a terribly long time. I think I’m making up for it now. I worked so hard. I read all the books. I watched the movies. I was obsessed with her. I woke up with her every morning and I went to bed with her every night, in a way." Actress Michelle Williams on portraying Marilyn Monroe in new movie My Week With Marilyn.

23rd October 2011

Fact: A green dress worn by Marilyn Monroe in 1954 western River of No Return has sold for $504,000 (£336,000) at an auction in China.

6th August 2011

Fact: A baseball sealed with a kiss by Marilyn Monroe has sold at auction for a massive $58,698 (£36,686). The ball features the late screen icon's signature and her lipstick mark.

9th June 2011

Fact: The maid who wrote a tell-all book about her famous employer Marilyn Monroe has died. Lena Pepitone worked for the star before her tragic death and later published Marilyn Monroe Confidential in 1979. Pepitone was found dead at her apartment in New York on Wednesday (08Jun11). She was 86.

1st June 2011

Fact: Animated movie star Jessica Rabbit has been named the Ultimate Screen Siren ahead of stars including Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly. The Breakfast At Tiffany's actress was voted a close second in the poll, while Marilyn Monroe came third.

28th February 2011

Fact: Oscars co-host James Franco did his best impression of Marilyn Monroe by dressing up in drag, complete with a blonde wig, for one segment of the 2011 Academy Awards.

12th October 2010

Fact: Michelle Williams and Dougray Scott turned heads in London's famous Bond Street by walking down the road arm-in-arm dressed as Marilyn Monroe and DOUGRAY SCOTT. The pair is filming new movie MY WEEK WITH MARILYN in the British capital.

7th September 2010

Quote: "It's scary, playing someone so iconic, whom everyone feels they know." Naomi Watts on becoming the latest actress to tackle Marilyn Monroe. The star will play the tragic film icon in Blonde.

6th February 2010

Fact: Marilyn Monroe, Jim Carrey, Richard Pryor, Gary Oldman, Richard Gere, Christian Bale, Donald Sutherland, Mia Farrow and Dennis Quaid all share one thing in common - they have never been nominated for an Oscar.

17th November 2009

Fact: A company in California is formulating a line of fragrances based on the DNA of dead celebrities including Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson and Marilyn Monroe. The firm will make the perfumes using a "secret process" involving DNA tests performed on clippings from a celebrity hair collector.

31st August 2009

Fact: Lindsay Lohan has again paid tribute to her Hollywood idol Marilyn Monroe with a new tattoo. The Mean Girls actress has had the Monroe quote, "I restore myself when I'm alone" inked onto her right forearm. Lohan also has another famous line from Monroe tattooed onto her wrist.

25th August 2009

Fact: The crypt above movie icon Marilyn Monroe's final resting place was sold for $4.6 million (£2.9 million) on Monday (24Aug09). Bidding for the site at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, where Monroe was laid to rest in 1962, started on auction website on 14 August (09).

29th July 2009

Quote: "For me it's such an honour. They did this big collectors' item. It's part of the 'Blonde' edition. First they did Marilyn Monroe, then they did Goldie Hawn and then I'm the third." Supermodel Heidi Klum is delighted to have her own Barbie doll.

8th May 2009

Fact: Lindsay Lohan has channelled screen icon Marilyn Monroe for another photoshoot. The star bared all for a provocative New York magazine spread last year (08), recreating the late star's final photos for the publication. And now Lohan has posed as Monroe again - donning a curly blonde hairstyle and a Monroe-printed dress for Spanish Vogue magazine.

17th December 2008

Fact: A California man who found a little black dress in his closet was stunned when appraisers for U.S. TV series ANTIQUES ROADSHOW determined it once belonged to Marilyn Monroe. The frock - which Monroe was sewn into for 1959 film Some Like It Hot - is estimated to be worth $250,000 (GBP163,400).

17th December 2008

Fact: Supermodel Agyness Deyn has taken inspiration from Marilyn Monroe for the latest cover of Korean Vogue magazine - sporting the Hollywood legends peroxide blonde hair and red lipstick.

28th November 2008

Quote: "LILY is really retro so she's kind of like, 'Oh I wish you could work with Joan Crawford or JANICE JOPLIN. She's into Marilyn Monroe and John Lennon ' I'm like, 'They're dead now. I totally get it, but it's probably not going to happen.'" Kate Beckinsale's daughter LILY wants her mother to work with dead Hollywood celebrities.

24th November 2008

Fact: Pop singer Pink put aside her punk rock image to perform at the 2008 American Music Awards on Sunday (23Nov08). The star channelled Hollywood legend Marilyn Monroe when she donned a blonde hairstyle and floor-length gown to sing her hit song SOBER.

24th November 2008

Fact: Pop singer Pink put aside her punk rock image to perform at the 2008 American Music Awards, channeling Hollywood legend Marilyn Monroe when she donned a blonde hairstyle and floor-length gown to sing her hit song SOBER.

31st October 2008

Fact: A rare first edition of Playboy magazine featuring Marilyn Monroe on the cover has sold for $3,280 (GBP2,000) at Bloomsbury Auctions in London. That issue of the men's magazine also included a nude photograph of the star.

3rd October 2008

Quote: "Her breasts were every teenage boy's fantasy. It was truly unforgettable." Tony Curtis discusses his brief affair with Marilyn Monroe in his forthcoming autobiography AMERICAN PRINCE.

2nd October 2008

Fact: Late Hollywood actress Marilyn Monroe washed her face 15 times a day for fear of blemishes.

25th September 2008

Fact: Amateur film footage of Marilyn Monroe on the set of the 1959 movie Some Like It Hot has been sold for $14,400 (GBP8,000) at an auction in Australia. The two-and-a-half minute film was taken by a U.S. naval officer whom Monroe invited to visit the movie set.

23rd June 2008

Fact: Behind-the-scenes footage of Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable on a movie set shortly before their deaths has sold for $62,850 (GBP31,000) at a U.S. auction. The film was taken on the set of 1960 movie The Misfits, shortly before Gable's death later that year. Monroe passed away two years later.

30th May 2008

Fact: Behind-the-scenes footage of Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable on a movie set shortly before their deaths is to go under the hammer in the U.S. The film was taken on the set of 1960 movie The Misfits, shortly before Gable's death later that year. Monroe passed away two years later.

19th April 2008

Fact: Mexican actor Diego Luna plays a Michael Jackson doppelganger opposite Samantha Morton's Marilyn Monroe wannabe in director Harmony Korine's quirky new movie MISTER LONELY. The movie was shot in Plockton in the Scottish Highlands, where cult thriller The Wicker Man was filmed.

27th February 2008

Quote: "He adores Marilyn Monroe and all she signifies. But I'm sure he's just being a good hubby when he calls me his Marilyn." Victoria Beckham is unsure whether her husband DAVID liked her recent blonde hairstyle.

26th February 2008

Quote: "That was the hardest professional thing I ever had to do. I didn't want to forget the words. I sang CANDLE IN THE WIND so many times for Marilyn Monroe. I had only just rewritten the lyric. I had to have a teleprompter there, because I thought, if I make a mistake and I sing 'Good-Bye Norma Jean,' I'm going to be lynched." SIR Elton John was determined not to slip up while singing at the funeral of late royal DIANA, PRINCESS OF WALES.

21st February 2008

Quote: "I'm not going to look at the photos - that's my daughter!" Born-again Christian MICHAEL LOHAN has no plans to look at his daughter LINDSAY's new Marilyn Monroe-inspired naked spread in New York magazine.

18th February 2008

Fact: British soccer star David Beckham surprised his SPICE GIRL wife VICTORIA on St. Valentine's Day (14Feb08) with a nude painting of screen siren Marilyn Monroe. The L.A. Galaxy player reportedly paid a five-figure sum for the artwork.

11th February 2008

Quote: "It was like being told to make love to Marilyn Monroe." Steven Spielberg on his first TV directing job, working with acting legend JOAN CRAWFORD.

3rd December 2007

Fact: Late Hollywood legend Marilyn Monroe's reading glasses will go under the hammer later this month (19Dec07). The spectacles are expected to fetch up to $12,000 (GBP6,000) at a movie memorabilia auction in London.

2nd October 2007

Fact: The white dress Marilyn Monroe was wearing in the famous subway vent scene in THE SEVEN-YEAR ITCH is among seven costumes going on show at a British exhibition. The Lost Dresses of Marilyn Monroe will go on display at the Brighton Metropole Hotel in East Sussex, England, on Wednesday (03Oct07).

24th September 2007

Quote: "I kept everything the same. I didn't wanna change it. It's even off-pitch." Mariah Carey on Marilyn Monroe's piano, which she bought at auction in 2006.

8th August 2007

Fact: Beyonce Knowles will sing Marilyn Monroe's signature tune, DIAMONDS ARE A GIRL'S BEST FRIEND, as part of new TV ads for Emporio Armani's Diamonds fragrance. The commercials will debut in America this autumn (07).

17th May 2007

Fact: An Andy Warhol painting of movie icon Marilyn Monroe fetched $28.2 million (GBP14.1 million) at a Christie's auction in New York.

11th January 2007

Quote: "I don't think she killed herself at all. I think it was some of the henchmen of old Kennedy." Bettie Page insists old pal Marilyn Monroe was murdered.

27th October 2006

Fact: A bronze statue of Marilyn Monroe was unveiled outside Los Angeles' Hollywood Museum yesterday (26OCT06) to honour what would have been the screen icon's 80th birthday.

20th July 2006

Fact: Sexy screen siren Marilyn Monroe once wore a potato sack for a little-known print campaign to save America's once-struggling potato farming industry.

14th February 2006

Fact: <p>Pop star Mariah Carey has three themed bathrooms in her sprawling New York apartment - one dedicated to children's character Hello Kitty, a Marilyn Monroe bathroom and a butterfly bathroom. </p>

5th January 2006

Fact: <p>Celebrity photographer Mario Testino's candid beach shots of a naked Lindsay Lohan, which feature on the cover and inside the new issue of Vanity Fair magazine, were inspired by saucy shots taken of Marilyn Monroe in 1960. </p>

22nd November 2005

Quote: <p>"She's the Marilyn Monroe of her time." Donald Sutherland has high praise for his PRIDE + PREJUDICE co-star Keira Knightley. </p>

3rd November 2005

Fact: <p>A pool scene in Mariah Carey's new video DON'T FORGET ABOUT US, in which the diva is totally naked under the water, was inspired by a similar scene in Marilyn Monroe's unfinished final film SOMETHING'S GOT TO GIVE. </p>

18th August 2005

Fact: <p>Lindsay Lohan has been given an original print of her idol Marilyn Monroe by her Casablanca record label boss Tommy Mottola. </p>

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