The Quick 10: 10 Marilyn Monroe Minutiae
1. She was Miss California Artichoke Queen in 1947. Something tells me the other California Artichoke Queens didn't go on to have quite the same success.
2. Before "Marilyn Monroe" stuck, she tried out lots of other names: Norma Jeane Dougherty, Jean Norman, Carol Lind, Norma Jeane Monroe and Jean Monroe.
3. At $1,267,500, the dress she wore to sing Happy Birthday to JFK set the world record for the most expensive piece of clothing ever sold.
4. Truman Capote had her in mind for the role of Holly Golightly, but the studio opted for Audrey Hepburn instead.
5. She chose the last name Monroe because it was her mother's maiden name. She said she was told that she was somehow related to President James Monroe, but no evidence has ever been found to support that. She was, however, distantly related to Grover Cleveland, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and William Howard Taft. And, on the non-Presidential side, Lizzie Borden.
6. She was roommates with Shelley Winters in the late 1940s. Shelley once told a story about making dinner with Marilyn "“ Shelley had asked her to wash the lettuce for a salad and then stepped out of the apartment for a minute. When she came back, Marilyn had the lettuce leaves in a tub of soapy water and was scrubbing them down.
7. Although their romance is one of the most famous romances ever, Marilyn and Joe DiMaggio were only married for eight months.
8. She reportedly washed her face 15 times a day.
9. She also reportedly tried nine different shades of blonde dye before deciding that platinum suited her best.
10. She probably would have enjoyed mental_floss"¦ her personal library was auctioned off in 1999 and included more than 400 books on topics such as art, history, psychology, literature, religion, poetry and philosophy. They weren't just for looks, either—many of the books had her handwritten notes in the margins.