Marilyn Monroe – Facts & Info

General Facts about Marilyn
Schools attended by Marilyn
Art enjoyed by Marilyn
Awards won by Marilyn
Marilyn’s Agents
Marilyn’s Beauty Secrets
Marilyn’s Cosmetic Surgeries
Places where Marilyn Lived
Marilyn’s Horoscope Chart
Marilyn’s Husbands
Marilyn’s Cars
Marilyn’s Pets and her with Animals
Marilyn’s Salaries
Marilyn’s FBI Report
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General Facts

Born – June 1, 1926, Los Angeles, CA
Died – August 4, 1962, Los Angeles, CA

Marilyn is buried at Westwood Memorial Cemetery, 1218 Glendon Avenue, Westwood California. Click here to see a picture of her crypt.

Studio Measurements: 37-23-36 (inches), 93.9 – 58.4 – 91.4 (centimeters)
Dressmaker Measurements: 35-22-35 (inches), 88.9 – 55.8 – 88.9 (centimeters)
Hair: Natural Brown, dyed Blonde
Eyes: Blue
Height: 5 feet, 5½ inches, 166.62 (centimeters)
Weight: 118 pounds 53.5 kilograms
Dress size: 12
Pant Size: 8
Shoe Size: 7AA (US) 38-39 (European)
Bra Size: 36D

(See our “How Much Did Marilyn Monroe Weigh?” page also)

Number of toes – 10. (There is a false rumor that she had 6 toes on each foot, but baby pictures show otherwise, and people who knew her intimately say that she was perfect in all her measurements and dimensions.)

Her favorite colors: . Beige, Black, White, Red.
Her favorite perfume:

Her favorite beverage: Dom Perignon 1953
Her favorite place to shop: Bloomingdales
Her favorite restaurant: Romanoff’s
Her favorite Actors: Clark Gable, Marlon Brando, Charlie Chaplin
Her favorite actresses: Greta Garbo, Jean Harlow, Ginger Rogers, Marie Dressler, Joan Crawford, Olivia de Havilland

Did she wear underwear? Depends on who you ask

Social Security Number: 563-32-0764
Phone Numbers at 5th Helena Home: 476-1890 and 472-4830

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Schools Attended

Here is a chronological listing of the schools that Norma Jeane / Marilyn attended.
They are all in the Los Angeles area.

Ballona Elementary and Kindergarten, 1931-1932, Kindergarten, age 5-6
Vine Street, 1932-1934, grades 1-2, age 6-8.
Selma Street, 1934-1935, 3rd grade, age 8-9.
Vine Street, 1935-1937, grades 4-5, age 9-11.
Lankershim, 1937-1938, 6th grade, age 11-12.
Sawtelle Blvd, 1938-1939, 7th grade, age 12-13.
Emerson Jr. High, 1939-1941, grades 8-9, age 13-15.
Van Nuys High, 1941-1942, 10th grade, age 15.
University High, 1942, 10th grade, age 15.
(she changed schools in 10th grade, then dropped out to marry Jim Dougherty)
UCLA, 1951. She took evening courses in Art Appreciation and Literature.

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Marilyn’s Art Interests and Collection

  • MM took an art appreciation class at UCLA in 1951.
  • She had reproductions of Durer, Fra Angelico, and da Vinci in her Hollywood apartment.
  • In 1955 she told Earl Wilson she was a fan of Goya.
  • She purchased a bust of Ancient Egyptian Queen Nefertiti for her Waldorf-Astoria apartment in New York.
  • She told other reporters that her favorite artists were Goya, Picasso, and El Greco.
  • In 1955 she attended a Rodin exhibition at the Metroploitan Museum of Art, and in particular she liked Pygmalion and Galatea and The Hand of God
  • She had a Toulouse-Lautrec in her reception room in her East 57th St. apartment in New York.
  • Also in that apartment she had a large, nude, black metal statue by William Zorach.
  • The year of her death, she purchased three paintings from the Byrna Art Gallery in Mexico City for her Brentwood home.
  • She also bought a Rodin statue of a man and a woman in a passionate embrace, which she displayed in the living room of her Brentwood home.

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    Awards won by Marilyn

  • While in school, awarded a fountain pen for an essay she wrote, entitled Dog, Man’s Best Friend
  • E Certificate for excellence on her job at the Radio Plane Company.
  • Miss Press Club of 1948 by the Los Angeles Press Club.
  • Miss Chesecake of the Year, 1951 from Stars and Stripes.
  • The present all GI’s would like to find in their Christmas stocking, 1951
  • The Best Young Box Office Personality, the Henrietta awards, 1951.
  • The Girl Most Likely to Thaw Alaska, the Soldiers in the Aleutians.
  • The Girl Most Wanted to Examine, the 7th Division Medical Corps.
  • The Girl They Would Most Like to Intercept, the All Weather Fighter Squadron Three of San Diego.
  • Cheesecake Queen of 1952, from Stars and Stripes.
  • Most Promising Female Newcomer of 1952, the Look Magazine Achievement Awards.
  • The Most Advertised Girl in the World 1953, from the Advertising Association of the West.
  • Fastest Rising Star of 1952, from Photoplay magazine awards.
  • Best Young Box Office Personality, from Redbook magazine awards, 1953.
  • The Best Friend a Diamond Ever Had, from the Jewelry Academy, 1953.
  • World Film Favorite, the Golden Globe Awards, 1953.
  • Best Actress, from Photoplay magazine awards, 1954, for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and How to Marry a Millionaire,
  • The Thank-God Award: To Marilyn Monroe, who in a sweeping public service has made no movies this year, from Harvard Lampoon, 1958.
  • Best Foreign Actress of 1958, the David di Donatello Prize (Italian Oscar) for The Prince and the Showgirl.
  • Best Foreign Actress, 1959, the Crystal Star Award (French Oscar) for The Prince and the Showgirl.
  • Best Actress in a Comedy, 1959, the Golden Globe Awards, for Some Like It Hot.
  • World Film Favorite, 1961, the Golden Globe Awards.

    Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russel’s handprints in cement.
    (Click on thumbnail for full size picture)
    See the Videos page for footage of Monroe and Russel putting their hands in the cement!

    Other Movie Awards

    All About Eve, 1950

  • Best Picture, the Academy Awards.
  • Best Picture, the British Academy Awards.
  • Best Picture, the New York Film Critics.
  • Second Best Picture, the National Board of Review.
  • Ninth Best Picture, the New York Times.
  • Tenth Best Picture, from Time magazine.

    The Asphalt Jungle, 1950

  • Third Best Picture, the National Board of Review.
  • Fourth Best Picture, from Time magazine.

    Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, 1953

  • One of the Ten Worst Films of the Year, from the Harvard Lampoon.>

    How to Marry a Millionaire, 1953

  • One of the Ten Worst Films of the Year, from the Harvard Lampoon.

    There’s No Business Like Show Business, 1954

  • One of the Worst Ten Films of the Year, from the Harvard Lampoon.
  • Bus Stop, 1956

  • Fourth Best Picture, from the New York Times
  • Tenth Best Picture, the National Board of Review.

    Some Like It Hot, 1959

  • Best Picture, from Time magazine.
  • Seventh Best Picture, the National Board of Review.

    Please see the Filmography page for more film details.

    Marilyn’s star in the sidewalk is right in front of McDonald’s, at 6774 Hollywood Boulevard. The star was placed here on February 9, 1960.

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    Marilyn’s Agents

    • The Blue Book Model Agency
      Emmeline Snively

    • National Concert Artists Corporation
      Helen Ainsworth
      Harry Lipton

    • The William Morris Agency
      Johnny Hyde

    • Famous Artists Agency
      Charles Feldman
      Hugh French
      Jack Gordeen

    • MCA
      George Chasin

    Marilyn’s Beauty Secrets

    • Her first husband, Jim Dougherty, recalls that she used to rinse her face fifteen times after every wash.
    • At times she would smear Vaseline, cold cream, or hormone cream over her face.
    • When not wearing makeup, she would apply lanolin or olive oil to her face as a protecting agent.
    • She would sometimes take ice baths, prepared by her masseur, Ralph Roberts, into which she would add Chanel No. 5.
    • She told photographer Bert Stern in 1962 that she always used Nivea Skin Moisturizing Lotion.

    Marilyn’s Cosmetic Surgery

  • Prior to the shooting of Ladies of the Chorus, (1948) Dr. Walter Taylor, an orthodontist specializing in cosmetic surgery, fixed her front teeth, which protruded slightly.
  • In 1950, Johnny Hyde arranged for her to have her nose and chin surgically perfected. The details are unknown.

    Marilyn’s Residences

    Here is a list of homes where Marilyn lived and the years that she lived there. Please also see the Places to Visit in LA page if you are looking to tour Marilyn Monroe sites.

    5454 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles, CA 1926
    459 E Rhode Island St Hawthorne, CA 1926-32
    Los Angeles Orphans Home 815 N El Centro Ave Hollywood, CA 1935-37
    6707 Odessa Ave Van Nuys, CA 1937
    14743 Archwoods St Van Nuys, CA 1937
    6707 Odessa Ave Van Nuys, CA 1938
    11348 Nebraska Ave. Sawtelle, CA 1938-41
    6707 Odessa Ave. Van Nuys, CA 1941-42
    11348 Nebraska Ave. Sawtelle, CA 1942
    4524 Vista Del Monte St. Sherman Oaks, CA 1942
    14747 Archwood St. Van Nuys, CA 1943
    11348 Nebraska Ave. Sawtelle, CA 1945-46
    Studio Club 1215 N Lodi St Hollywood, CA 1946-47
    131 South Avon St. Burbank, CA 1947
    El Palaccio Apts. 8491-8499 Fountain Ave West Hollywood, CA 1947-48
    Bel Air Hotel 701 Stone Canyon Rd Beverly Hills, CA 1948
    Beverly Carlton Hotel 9400 W Olympic Blvd Beverly Hills, CA 1948
    Studio Club 1215 N Lodi St Hollywood, CA 1948-49
    141 South Carolwood Dr. Holmby Hills, CA 1949
    718 North Palm Dr. Beverly Hills, CA 1950
    1309 Harper Ave. West Hollywood, CA 1950-51
    Beverly Carlton Hotel 9400 W Olympic Blvd Beverly Hills, CA 1951
    3539 Kelton Way West Los Angeles, CA 1951
    611 North Crescent Dr. Beverly Hills, CA 1951-52
    1121 HilIdale Ave. West Hollywood, CA 1952
    Beverly Carlton Hotel 9400 W Olympic Blvd Beverly Hills, CA 1952
    Bel Air Hotel 701 Stone Canyon Rd Beverly Hills, CA 1952
    Outpost Estates 2393 Castilian Dr Hollywood Hills, CA 1952
    Beverly Hills Hotel 9641 W Sunset Blvd Beverly Hills, CA 1952-53
    882 North Doheny Dr Beverly Hills, CA 1953-54
    2150 Beach St San Francisco, CA 1954
    508 North Palm Dr Beverly Hills, CA 1954
    8336 Delongpre Ave Hollywood, CA 1954
    Voltaire Apartments 1424 N Crescent Heights West Hollywood, CA 1954
    The Milton Greene Home Fanton Hill Rd Weston, CT 1954-55
    Waldorf Astoria Hotel 301 Park Ave New York, NY 1955
    Sutton Place Apartment 2 Sutton Pl New York, NY 1955-56
    Roxbury Farm Home Roxbury, CT 1956-1960
    Parkside House Estate Egham, England 1956
    Amagansett Retreat Amagansett, Long Island, NY 1957-58
    Fifty Seventh St. Apt. 444 E 57 St New York, NY 1957-62
    Beverly Hills Hotel 9641 W Sunset Blvd Beverly Hills, CA 1958-60
    The Mapes Hotel 30 N Virginia St Reno, NV 1960
    The Holiday Hotel 111 Mill St Reno, NV 1960
    Beverly Hills Hotel 9641 W Sunset Blvd Beverly Hills, CA 1961
    882 North Doheny Dr Beverly Hills, CA 1961-62
    12305 Fifth Helena Dr Brentwood, CA 1962

    The Los Angeles Orphans Home where Marilyn lived as a girl still exists today and is known as Hollygrove.

    Picture of bungalows 20A and 21A at the Beverly Hills hotel. Marilyn lived in 21A (right side of doorway) with Arthur Miller during the filming of “Let’s Make Love.” Her co-star, Yves Montand, and his wife, Simone Signoret, lived in 20A (left side of doorway.)

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    Marilyn’s Natal Horoscope Chart

    Marilyn’s Husbands

    Jim Dougherty, June 1942-September 1946
    Joe DiMaggio, January 1954-October 1954
    Arthur Miller, June 1956-January 1961
    For the record, it is alledged that Bob Slatzer was married to her for a few days in Mexico in October 1952 but there is no marriage certificate to prove it.

    Marilyn’s Cars

    The following is a chronological list of the cars that Marilyn Monroe owned, as well as the cars that she frequently drove or was driven in.
    1. The Bolenders’ Model-I Ford-Hawthorne, circa 1926-32
    2. Jim Dougherty’s blue 1940 coupe
    3, Jim Dougherty’s 1935 Ford sports car-which Norma Jeane retained when the couple divorced
    4. A 1948 Ford convertible-which MM purchased when she began to make money and which was soon repossessed
    5. A 1950 Pontiac convertible
    6. A black Cadillac convertible (license #2166185)-probably the Cadillac that MM received for appearing on “The Jack Benny Show,” circa 1953-54
    7 Joe DiMaggio’s black Cadillac (license “Joe D”)-the car that the DiMaggios hopped into immediately following their 1954 wedding ceremony
    8. A black Thunderbird sports car-the car MM drove when she moved to New York in 1956. It may have been purchased for her by Milton H. Greene.
    9. Arthur Miller’s Jaguar-New York, circa 1957
    10. A white Cadillac-the car MM drove (and was driven in) during the 1960 location shooting of The Misfits. It was probably rented.
    11. A chauffeur-driven black limousine-Upon her return to Los Angeles in 1961, MM did not purchase another car. For certain occasions, she was driven about in this limo. Mrs. Eunice Murray’s modest green Dodge-For everyday, noneventful occasions, MM For certain occasions, she was driven about in this limo.
    12. Mrs. Eunice Murray’s green Dodge – For everyday, noneventful occasions, MM was driven about Los Angeles by Mrs. Murray, circa 1961-62

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    Marilyn’s Pets

    “1 like animals. If you talk to a dog or a cat it doesn’t tell you to shut up.”
    (For more MM quotes or quotes from others about MM, see the Quotes page).
    Marilyn Monroe loved animals. During her lifetime, she had the following pets:
    1. Tippy: Jippy was a black-and-white dog given to Norma Jeane by her foster father, Albert Wayne Bolender. Every day, Tippy accompanied Norma Jeane to school. He even used to wait ~or her to play with him at recess. Circa 1932, Tippy was shot dead by a neighbor who claimed that Tippy had been rolling around in his garden.

    2. A Spaniel: When Norma Jeane lived with the Goddard family, she and her ‘~sister,” Beebe shared a pet spaniel, circa 1940.

    3. Muggsie: Jim Dougherty bought his wife a pet collie named Muggsie. However, after she began her modeling career, Norma Jeane had less time for her dog. Subsequently, Muggsie died of a ‘broken heart.”

    4. A Chihuahua: At the time she was signed by Columbia Pictures in 1948, Marilyn Monroe owned a pet Chihuahua.

    5, Mitsou: Mitsou was a white Persian cat that Marilyn Monroe owned in New York in the mid 1950s.

    6. Hugo: A basset hound who lived with MM and Arthur Miller at their East 57th Street apartment in New York. Once, Norman Rosten and Marilyn spoon-fed straight scotch to Hugo to cheer him up. When Marilyn and Arthur split up, Arthur retained possession of Hugo.

    7. Butch was a parakeet owned by the Millers. Butch also resided at the East 57th Street apartment.

    8. Ebony: A riding horse that the Millers purchased from Frank and Nan Taylor for their Connecticut farm. MM rode Ebony only a few times.

    9. Maf: Maf was a little white French poodle who was given to MM in New York by Frank Sinatra. Sinatra had purchased the dog from Natalie Wood’s mother. As has been widely reported, Marilyn named the dog “Maf” because of Frank Sinatra’s alleged mafia connections. lnterestingly, to spite Arthur Miller, Marilyn used to let Maf sleep on an expensive white beaver coat that Miller had presented her. When Marilyn returned to live in Hollywood, she had Maf flown back to be with her. Following her death, Maf was inherited by Frank Sinatra’s secretary, Gloria Lovell.

    To see pictures of Marilyn with her pets and other animals visit Absolute Marilyn Monroe Guide by clicking here and then on Animals in her site’s menu.

    Marilyn’s Salaries

    Marilyn’s salary was probably the worst in Hollywood history. Here are the numbers, you do the math.
    First contract with Fox, 1945, $75 per week
    Fox contract renewal, 1947, $150 per week
    Columbia contract, 1948, $125 per week
    Tom Kelley / Nude calendar, 1949, $50
    Promoting “Love Happy,” 1949, $100 per week
    For “The Asphalt Jungle, ” 1950, $350 per week. $1050 total
    Second Fox contract, 1951, $500 per week with semiannual increase up to $1500
    For “Clash by Night,” 1952, $500 per week
    For “We’re Not Married, ” 1952, $750 per week
    For “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” 1953, $1250 per week
    For “River of No Return, There’s No Business Like Show Business, and The Seven Year Itch,” 1954 – 1955, $1500 per week
    Nex Fox contract, 1956, $100,000 fee plus $500 per week expenses
    For “Some Like It Hot,” 1959, $100,000 fee plus 10% of the profits
    For “The Misfits,” 1961, $300,000 fee plus 10% of the profits
    For “Something’s Got To Give,” 1962, $100,000 fee if she had finished it

    Marilyn’s FBI Report

    Click on the following links to read Marilyn’s FBI report: Part 1, Part 2. You might also be interested in her Autopsy. For information on how she died, please read the How She Died page. There are also many posts on the chat board in regards to circumstances around her death.


    Did Marilyn have abortions?
    According to Norman Mailer, in his book, “Marilyn,” he says that Milton Greene told him that Marilyn had some abortions. Mailer claims she had at least 12 abortions by the time she was 29!
    Also, Amy Greene and Henry Rosenfeld both said that Marilyn had told them that she had abortions.
    There is no proof of it through medical records and stuff like that though, because abortions were illegal and so no records would have been kept.
    However, to have that many “back-alley” abortions would have surely messed Marilyn up gynecologically, but her autopsy report doesn’t report any abnormalities of this nature.

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