Marilyn Monroe is one of the great legends that Hollywood has given the world. In addition to her peculiar and exuberant beauty, the charming actress, even after her death, left behind the aura of mystery that enveloped her private life.

Everyone knows her as the beautiful blonde who achieved worldwide fame and became an icon of beauty, but, did you know that Monroe was called Miss Artichoke in 1947?

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1. She lived in an orphanage and she had more than 11 adoptive parents
Her real name was Norma Jean Baker, and from a young age she depended on the care of orphanages and foster homes, since her mother, Gladys Baker Mortenson, suffered paranoid schizophrenia and was institutionalized.

2. She was named "Miss Artichoke" in 1947
In 1947, Monroe was chosen "Miss artichoke" at a beauty contest in Castroville, California, during the annual artichoke festival.

3. She was the second woman in Hollywood, to have her own production company, Marilyn Monroe Production

4. In 1972 actress Veronica Hamel bought Marilyn's house and when she began to remodel, the contractor discovered an espionage system in all the rooms of the house

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5. Joe DiMaggio promised Monroe that he would leave flowers in his grave every week if she died first
He kept his promise and sent him red roses three times per week for 20 years.

6. Marilyn believed that the right side of her face was the most beautiful and all her photographs are taken from there

7. The dress she wore to sing "Happy Birthday" to President Kennedy was so tight that they had to finish sew it when she had it on.

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8. When she shared her room in Hollywood with Shelley Winters...
When she shared her room in Hollywood with Shelley Winters in the late 1940s, Shelley says that one day she asked Marilyn to wash a lettuce for dinner and when she returned to the apartment she found Marilyn soaking the lettuce in a soapy tub and was carving leaf by leaf .

9. Her personal library contains more than 400 books with topics from art history, psychology, philosophy, literature, religion, poetry and gardening.

10. Her white dress was auctioned at more than 4 million dollars

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