Trivia / Marilyn Monroe

  • Actor-Inspired Element: She came up with the line in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes "I can be smart when it's important, but most men don't like it."
  • 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.
  • The Cameo: Her first film role was as a chorus girl in Ticket to Tomahawk.
  • Creator Backlash: She reportedly hated the character she played on The Misfits.
  • 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. More superficially she was also getting handed late rewrites of the script, sending her into a panic about memorising all the new lines.
  • 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.
  • Hide Your Pregnancy: She was pregnant during Some Like It Hot and many publicity photos used her stand-in, with her head superimposed.
  • 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.
  • Money, Dear Boy: She agreed to Some Like It Hot when she was promised 10% of the gross. She was apparently reluctant to take the part because she didn't want to play someone who couldn't tell two men were in drag.
  • Non-Singing Voice: Marni Nixon supplied her with a few top notes for "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend". She was supposed to dub all the singing, as the studio thought Marilyn's voice sounded silly - but she balked at that. She dubs the "no no no"s at the beginning and the line "these rocks don't lose their shape".
  • Playing Against Type: She played a villain in Niagara, and an Only Sane Woman in The Misfits.
  • Reality Subtext: In Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Lorelei is the Gold Digger of the pair. Marilyn's salary was considerably lower than Jane Russell's. In fact, despite being a top star in Hollywood, she was one of the lowest paid.
  • 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."
  • Star-Making Role: She had a slower climb to the top than a lot of stars, as she was noticed for bit parts in The Asphalt Jungle and All About Eve. By the time Gentlemen Prefer Blondes came around, everyone knew who she was.
  • Wag the Director: The Seven Year Itch was meant to be shot in black and white, but Marilyn's contract stated that all her movies should be shot in colour.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Niagara was originally just a bit part for her. But after Anne Bancroft and her replacement Jean Peters both withdrew, the film was reworked to highlight Marilyn. But as she was still under contract as a 'stock actor', she made less money than the make-up people.
    • "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend" was going to feature her wearing a far more revealing dress, evoking Diamonds in the Buff. The studio thought it was too risque, and put her in the now-famous pink gown.
    • She sang a song to be played over the opening credits of Some Like It Hot, but an instrumental version was used in the finished film.
    • The studio wanted to re-team her and Jane Russell for the film How To Be Very, Very Popular. But both actresses passed on the project.
    • 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.
    • 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.
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