Marilyn Monroe's Timeless Beauty

More than 51 years after her death, Marilyn Monroe is back in the news this week, thanks to recently surfaced evidence that she had plastic surgery: cartilage implants in her chin. The X-rays up for auction are fairly conclusive, but even so, we're not so sure we care whether Monroe had a little work done. We've seen the photos of prefame Norma Jeane, and we know that throughout her life, before and after the alleged surgery, she was simply beautiful.

Looks like her natural beauty had a little help. Medical records and X-rays of Marilyn Monroe set to be sold at auction next month appear to show that screen icon had facial plastic surgery during her 1950s Hollywood career. 9-10 by Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, is expected to fetch anywhere from $15,000 to $30,000 and comes from her plastic surgeon, Dr. Michael Gurdin, reports New York’s Daily News. Read more

He was a 14-year-old kid from the Bronx. She was a 29-year-old movie star at the height of her allure. They inhabited different worlds, but a remarkable five-and-a-half-minute amateur movie that Peter Mangone shot of Marilyn Monroe on the streets of Manhattan in March 1955 captured a rare glimpse behind the legendary actress' veil of artifice. Read more

Today marks 51 years since starlet Marilyn Monroe was found dead in her Los Angeles bungalow of a drug overdose. Monroe was in the news this week when a few juicy tidbits from an upcoming book by Christopher Andersen went public, including the assertion that Monroe called first lady Jackie Kennedy to admit having an affair with her husband, President John F. Kennedy. Read more

... A lush-bodied girl in the prime of her physical beauty. In an ivory georgette crepe sundress with a halter top that gathers her breasts up in soft undulating folds of the fabric. She’s standing with bare legs apart on a New York subway grating. Her blonde head is thrown rapturously back as an updraft lifts her full flaring skirt, exposing white cotton panties. White cotton! The ivory crepe sundress is floating and filmy as magic. The dress is magic ... ” 

— From "Blonde" by Joyce Carol Oates Read more

In 1962, the year of her death by acute barbiturate poisoning, Marilyn Monroe had already bid farewell to fame, calling it "fickle" after lusting after it in her early career. "So," she told Life magazine, "at least it's something I experienced, but that's not where I live." Read more