Marilyn Monroe has long been hailed for her sultry natural beauty, but newly surfaced doctors' notes and X-rays indicate the blonde bombshell underwent plastic surgeries on her chin and nose.
A set of Monroe's X-rays and a file of doctors' notes on the late sex symbol will go up for auction next month at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills.
"Nobody really thought about Marilyn Monroe having plastic surgery," Martin Nolan, executive director of Julien's Auctions, told Reuters Oct. 9. "It was always speculation: Did she or didn't she? They thought she was such a natural beauty, they didn't want to believe."
While celebrities undergoing plastic surgery is nothing new today, it wasn't as common during the 1950s. "At that time, people didn't go for plastic-surgery procedures," said Nolan. "This is very, very new."
[Editor's note: In the end, does it really matter? Marilyn was beautiful, before and after the surgeries. Plastic surgery cannot make a homely woman drop-dead gorgeous.]
Notes written by Hollywood plastic surgeon Michael Gurdin indicate that Marilyn got a cartilage implant in 1950 and a minor nose job to refine the tip of her nose. According to X-rays, Monroe was 5-foot-6 tall and weighed about 115 pounds.
Last year, a documentary commemorating the 50th anniversary of Marilyn's death indicated she was a fitness trailblazer who lifted weights and followed a high-protein diet at a time when most women did neither.
Physicians' notes also show the tragic beauty had neutropenia, an abnormally low level of white blood cells, and suffered an ectopic pregnancy in 1957. Monroe died of a drug overdose in 1962 at the age of 36.