She Only Got $50 for Her Nude Photographs

Marilyn Monroe was only paid $50 for the famous nude photographs that appeared in Playboy Magazine. These photos were originally taken in 1949 by photographer Tom Kelley and were used to be in the calendar. Hugh Hefner bought the photographs years later for $500 and used them in the inaugural issue of Playboy Magazine and went on to make millions from the photographs.

She Was Well Read

Marilyn Monroe’s Bookshelf was quite impressive. At the time of her death, she owned more than 400 volumes, including several first editions. Of the thousands of photographs taken of her, she was particularly fond of ones that showed her writing. When a director once found her reading R.M. Rilke’s “Letters to a Young Poet,” he asked her how she chose it. “On nights when I’ve got nothing else to do I go to the Pickwick bookstore on Hollywood Boulevard,” she told him. “And I just open books at random – or when I come to a page or a paragraph I like, I buy that book. So last night I bought this one. Is that wrong?”

She Had Flowers Delivered to Her Grave for 20 Years

Before her death, Marilyn Monroe made Joe DiMaggio promise to leave flowers on her grave every week if she died before him. He kept her promise and had a half-dozen red roses delivered three times a week to her crypt for 20 years.

Monroe was not the airhead that the public of her time considered her to be.

She was a thoughtful, sensitive and intelligent woman, who by all accounts, was ahead of her time. For that, we celebrate her.