In today’s world, it is pretty much a given that many celebrities have had plastic surgery. However, in Hollywood’s heyday, plastic surgery wasn’t as big among the stars as it is today. Perhaps that is why the October 9 news that Marilyn Monroe underwent some cosmetic procedures during her career has surprised some people.
New documents which detail procedures the “Some Like It Hot” actress underwent as well as x-rays of the star will be auctioned off at Julien’s Auction House. Marilyn Monroe memorabilia is always a big catch at auction houses. In 1999, a Golden Globe awarded to the actress expected to fetch $10,000-$15,000 at Christie’s Auction House actually went for $140,000. The dress she wore when she sang “Happy Birthday Mr. President,” to President John F. Kennedy was sold for $1,267,500 at the same auction.
The new x-rays and medical notes are expected to bring in between $15,000 and $30,000. What makes these pieces so interesting is the fact that it confirms that the world’s best known sex-symbol was not “all natural” at a time when plastic surgery was uncommon.
Julien’s Auction House executive director Martin Nolan said, “Nobody really thought about Marilyn Monroe having plastic surgery. It was always speculation - did she or didn't she? They thought she was such a natural beauty, they didn't want to believe."
Marilyn Monroe was first discovered at the age of 19 at the manufacturing plant where she worked. Back then, of course, she was known as Norma Jeane and did not yet have the platinum hair that would become her signature style. Viewing early photos of the icon to photos taken in her later years, it is hard to tell that she had any work done at all.
It turns out, Marilyn Monroe had a “slight chin deformity” for which she had a cartilage implant placed in 1950. The doctor’s notes make note of the 1950 procedure, although the notes were taken in 1962, two months before Monroe would tragically pass away. She was seen at the doctor under an alias after falling late at night. Although the notes state there was no damage to the star’s nose, a reevaluation of the x-rays determined that Marilyn Monroe did, in fact, suffer a tiny fracture.
A chin implant is hardly anything compared to the types of procedures that celebrities undergo today. It isn’t as if Marilyn Monroe changed her entire appearance with plastic surgery. It will be interesting to see, though, if these new findings change the way people look at the sex symbol.
Does it shock you to learn Marilyn Monroe may have gone under the knife?