Trivia / Marilyn Monroe

  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: There's no proof that she ever said the quote "if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best", that is often attributed to her on the Internet.
  • Creator Breakdown: Her behaviour was difficult on The Misfits. She would always arrive late, her marriage to Arthur Miller was falling apart and she got into frequent arguments with him, and she distanced herself from her friends. She was also shaken up by Clark Gable's death after the film was completed, and blamed herself for it.
  • Dye Hard: Natural brunette, but she's probably the most famous blonde ever.
  • Fountain of Expies: She's an iconic actress, to say the least.
  • Method Acting: In 1955, she started attending Lee Strasberg's Actor's Studio and annoyed several directors with her personally selected acting coach appearing on set and directing her instead of the film-makers. Several commentators note that this stemmed from her self-imposed insecurity of wanting to break from her stereotypical "dumb blonde" image but they also state that her underrated talent as a natural actress (notably her gift for comic timing and slapstick) was hampered by the Method training. Her husband Arthur Miller in an interview with Peter Bogdanovich note  blamed the Method for her addiction to sleeping pills and eventual death.
  • Playing Against Type: She played a villain in Niagara, and an Only Sane Woman in The Misfits.
  • Short-Lived Big Impact: As Billy Wilder said, "There has never been a face with such voltage on screen with the exception of Garbo. We just happen to miss her like hell."
  • What Could Have Been: Something's Got To Give, her last film project. While the studio did find a replacement actress after personal problems forced Monroe to quit, the entire production was canceled after she died.
    • She and DiMaggio were in the middle of repairing their relationship when she died, and if she'd lived they could have remarried. This is one of the many reasons why some people don't believe she committed suicide.