On this day in 1962, Marilyn Monroe woke up not expecting that it’d be the last time she did so.
What exactly happened that night cannot be completely told for certain. A lot of what we know is based on speculation, a mixture of facts, guess work and assumption. But I have a brief overview in my FAQ.
Today I have decided to focus on the life of Marilyn and what she achieved in her 36 years and beyond. For a more detailed timeline of Marilyn’s life, you can view that here.
36 FACTS, ACHIEVEMENTS AND THE LEGACY OF MARILYN MONROE
- She starred in 30 movies, the last of which wasn’t completed (Something’s Got To Give).
- Marilyn won 3 Golden Globes (1954 World Film Favorites, Actress In A Leading Role – Musical Or Comedy 1960, World Film Favorites 1962).
- In 1954, Marilyn performed to 100,000 troops in Korea over the span of 4 days whilst on her honeymoon with Joe DiMaggio.
- At least 37 celebrities have impersonated Marilyn including Madonna.
- 10 of Marilyn’s films were in the top-grossing movies in the USA in their release year.
- In 1954-1956 Marilyn was one of ten top money-making stars in the USA.
- Infamous acting coach Lee Strasberg deemed Marilyn to be one of the greatest actors of all time.
- She was one of the first women to start her own production company (Marilyn Monroe Productions). Lois Weber set up hers in 1917 and Mary Pickford in 1919.
- Some Like It Hot was listed as the greatest American comedy film of all time by the American Film Institute in 2000.
- By 1962, her movies had grossed $200 million. Adjusted for inflation that is the equivalent of approximately $1.8 billion.
- In 2016, Julien’s Auctions received its second placement in the Guinness Book of World Records for the sale of the world’s most expensive dress ever sold at auction. Marilyn’s “Happy Birthday Mr President” dress sold for $4.8 million. The dress alone wasn’t what was so iconic, it’s who wore it and the performance she gave.
- Marilyn was one of the first women in Hollywood to start wearing jeans.
- She was on the cover of the first-ever Playboy magazine and her photos by Tom Kelley were the centrefold. Marilyn never posed for Playboy or give permission for these photos to be used. She had been paid $50 for her nude pin-up images in 1949 when they were taken.
- The calendar in which the Tom Kelley images first appeared was re-released due to the discovery that the photos were of Marilyn Monroe. In 1955 they sold approximately 4 million copies.
- Marilyn has remained a sex symbol, beauty icon and one of the most famous stars of classical Hollywood cinema.
- Marilyn is immortalised at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre with her hand and footprints marked in cement.
- She also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- Creator of Playboy Hugh Hefner is buried next to Marilyn as per his wishes.
- Hundreds of books have been written about Marilyn. Too many to count I’m sure…
- She has been the subject of films, plays and operas as well as works of art.
- Absolute World: Building #4 and Building #5 are nicknamed “Marilyn Monroe” for their shapely figures.
- She has been written about by scholars and journalists who are interested in gender and feminism; these writers include Gloria Steinem, Jacqueline Rose, Molly Haskell, Sarah Churchwell, and Lois Banner.
- Marilyn worked with many charities in her life, many of them with a focus on children.
- Marilyn won 10 of the 15 awards she was nominated for.
- She is deemed one of the most famous icons in pop culture.
- The song “File My Claim” from River of No Return (1954) sold over 75,000 copies in its first three weeks of release.
- She appeared on the cover of LIFE magazine seven times.
- There have been several poems and songs written about Marilyn including Candle In The Wind by Elton John and a poem by Norman Rosten, a friend of Marilyn’s.
- According to Emmeline Snively from the Blue Book Modelling Agency, Marilyn was one of the hardest working models she’d met.
- Marilyn owned a collection of over 400 books.
- Marilyn Monroe’s Golden Globe Award sold for a record-breaking $200,000 at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills.
- Art historian Gail Levin stated that Monroe may have been “the most photographed person of the 20th century.”
- The Smithsonian Institution has included her on their list of “100 Most Significant Americans of All Time”
- Both Variety and VH1 have placed her in the top ten in their rankings of the greatest popular culture icons of the twentieth century.
- In June 1999 Marilyn came sixth in the American Film Institute’s list of the top twenty-five female stars of all time.
- Marilyn’s image/likeness has appeared in over 60 advertising campaigns including Dior and Mercedes Benz.
WHY YOU LOVE MARILYN
She is very pretty and she is so kind and a great actress/model, she inspires@imortalmarilyn
I love her persona, her humanity and all the times she always used her fame to help people.@its.armha
Because she is beautiful@brit_brit2020_
The purity, the understated-ness/natural talent@rebelsofhollywood
How she didn’t let her circumstances stop her from pursuing acting & becoming a star@natililopez
Because she is the most beautiful woman of the world@sylviepiumi