It goes without saying that Marilyn Monroe is a legend–and that each and everyone of us, if pressed, could probably recite her measurements, real name and at least one of her movies. But there was more to the blonde bombshell than met the eye. For instance did you know, she often carried a copy of The Biography of Abraham Lincoln? Thought not! Below are ten little known facts about Hollywood’s biggest star. Marilyn Monroe:
1. Was the very first to be crowned Artichoke Queen of Castroville, California in 1948.
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2. Wore glasses.
3. Was a stutterer, a little known fact that was covered by studio vocal coaches who provided her with dictation lessons.
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4. Was one of the first Los Angeles natives to become a major movie star.
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5. Had an IQ of 168–significantly higher than John F. Kennedy’s 129. (Without finishing high school!)
6. Was an avid reader. Her library contained over 400 books on topics ranging from art to history, psychology, philosophy, literature, religion, poetry, and gardening.
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7. Read and wrote poetry. Her favorite poets were Walt Whitman and John Keats.
8. Was close friends with singer Ella Fitzgerald and was instrumental in her music career. She arranged for her to sing in nightclubs (some of which were segregated) including the famous Mocambo, during the time of their friendship.
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9. Read Ulysesses cover to cover.
10. Is related to Lucretia Rudolph (wife of President James A. Garfield), Grover Cleveland, William Howard Taft, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, George Bush, and George W. Bush.
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