Trivia / Marilyn Monroe

  • AFI's 100 Years... 100 Stars:
    • #6, Women
  • 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.
  • Dye Hard: Natural brunette, but she's probably the most famous blonde ever.
  • Follow the Leader: In the wake of her success came a slew of other 1950's curvaceous and voluptuous Blonde Bombshells with lisp, breathless voices, such as Jayne Mansfield, Diana Dors, Mamie Van Doren, Carroll Baker, and Anita Ekberg, just to name a few.
  • 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 Bogdanovichnote  blamed the Method for her addiction to sleeping pills and eventual death.
  • 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. There was big talk of her doing nudity on screen, and rushes exist of her in a pool. She was fired after numerous personal problems caused her to be constantly late to the set. A replacement actress was found, but the project got cancelled after she died.