Even though it has been 55 years since Marilyn Monroe died, she will forever be remembered as a Hollywood legend. She garnered fame after appearing in the first edition of Playboy magazine in December 1953. But she also starred in several films, including Some Like It Hot, The Seven Year Itch and The Prince and the Showgirl. And yet, still there are some things you might not know about the star, for example her real name.
While a lot of people knew her as Marilyn, that was her stage name, the star was born Norma Jeane Mortenson and baptized Norma Jeane Baker. After she married her first husband, James Dougherty in 1942 she took his last name, becoming Norma Jeane Dougherty. She started using her stage name in 1946 after she broke up with James but didn’t change it legally until 1956.
Then, when she married playwright Arthur Miller in 1956, she liked to be addressed as Marilyn Monroe Miller and used the initials MMM.
So, now you might ask, how did Marilyn come up with the moniker? Well, after she was signed to 20th Century Fox, Ben Lyon decided that she needed a name that suited her more so he chose the name Marilyn. Then, she adopted her grandmother’s last name, Monroe, and this is how the name Marilyn Monroe came to be.
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