Marilyn Monroe’s life secrets stutter, dirty bedroom habits, and Hef’s Playboy tribute

As Hollywood legend Marilyn Monroe’s would-be 96th birthday approaches, the Daily Star looks over 5 interesting facts about the blonde bombshell

Acting legend and 50s sex symbol Marilyn Monroe was one of Hollywood’s biggest stars before her untimely death.

Appearing in Hollywood classics like How to Marry a Millionaire and Some Like It Hot, Marilyn became a household name before her death in 1962, aged only 36.

The world was left in mourning and Marilyn quickly became one of the world’s most recognizable faces.

In honor of what would’ve been Marilyn’s 96th birthday, the Daily Star has compiled a list of things you may not have known about the screen siren.

Marilyn had to be sewn into a “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” dress

Actress Marilyn Monroe sings "Happy Birthday" to President John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden, for his upcoming 45th birthday.
Actress Marilyn Monroe sings “Happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden, for his upcoming 45th birthday. (Image: Bettmann Archive)

Photographer Billy Ray revealed Marilyn’s crystal-covered nude dress was “skin tight” leaving Marilyn to be “sewn into” the infamous dress.

Detailing the moment in 2014, Billy said: “There was this long, long pause . . . and finally, she comes out with this unbelievably breathy, ‘Happy biiiiirthday to youuuu,’ and everybody just went into a swoon.”

The dress became the highest-selling dress when it sold for $1.26 million at auction in 1999. It has since been worn by Kim Kardashian at the 2022 Met Gala.

She starred in the first edition of Playboy but never met Hugh Hefner

Marilyn on the 1953 cover of Playboy
Marilyn on the 1953 cover of Playboy (Image: AFP via Getty Images)

In 1953, the blonde bombshell starred in the very first edition of Playboy, stunning readers in a black, plunging halter neck dress on the front cover, solidifying her sex symbol status.

However, Playboy bachelor and editor-in-chief Hugh Hefner revealed she never actually met Marilyn.

“The reality is that I never met her, I talked to her once on the phone, but I never met her,” he once said.

In 1992, Hugh purchased the crypt next to hers for $75,000, saying: “I will be laid to rest in a vault next to hers. I will be spending the rest of my eternity with Marilyn.”

Her signature voice was a tactic to hide childhood stutter

Marilyn Monroe few weeks before she died in 05 August 1962
Marilyn Monroe few weeks before she died on 05 August 1962 (Image: AFP/Getty Images)

Marilyn’s signature breathy voice that left audiences swooning for her was actually a tactic she used to hide her childhood stutter.

A speech therapist reportedly trained her to use the throaty alternative, resulting in being one of her standout traits as an actor and singer.

When filming for her last movie Something’s Got To Give her stutter returned and was harder for the actress to deliver her lines. Eventually, Marilyn was fired from the role.

Marilyn was the first choice to play Holly Golightly in 1961’s Breakfast At Tiffany’s

Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's.
Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. (Image: Mirror Screen Grab)

In his tell-all book about the hit 1961 movie, Breakfast At Tiffany’s, Sam Wasson revealed that Marilyn was Truman Capote’s “first choice.”

Marilyn was reportedly advised by her advisor and stagecoach, Paula Strasberg, not to take the role, as she “should not be playing a lady of the evening.”

Capote, who wrote the novella, was said to have felt “double-crossed” and disappointed when Paramount cast Audrey Hepburn for the role.

She apparently “ate a lot in bed” and wasn’t the cleanest star in Hollywood

Marilyn Monroe Blowing Out Candle on 30th Birthday Cake
Marilyn Monroe Blowing Out Candle on 30th Birthday Cake (Image: Bettmann Archive)

In Clarke Gable’s 2007 biography written by David Bret, it was reported that Marilyn was “flatulent, dirty, and ate in bed.”

Marilyn was Clarke’s final co-star in the 1961 film, The Misfits. In Clarke’s biography, author David Bret discusses Marilyn’s “questionable hygiene”.

Famed for going to bed only wearing Chanel No.5 perfume, Marilyn apparently took the luxury of sleeping nude a step further.

American actress Marilyn Monroe stands between Robert Kennedy (left) and John F. Kennedy
American actress Marilyn Monroe stands between Robert Kennedy (left) and John F. Kennedy (Image: The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)

“She rarely bathed, slept in the nude, and ate a lot in bed — shoving what was left on her plate under the sheets before going to sleep,” David wrote.