Marilyn Monroe, the queen of blonde beauty, took the world by storm with his laughter, sweet voice and sharp gaze, and still does, in the hearts of millions of people around the world.
That is why Monroe’s untimely death, which many have identified as suicide, had a profound effect on the minds of the masses. One week after Monroe’s death, the number of suicides in New York City surpassed all previous records, according to a report in The New York Times. Twelve people committed suicide on the same day, one of whom wrote directly on the suicide note,
“If the most wonderful, beautiful creation in the world can’t find a reason to survive, then how can I!”
In other words, most people have seen the appearance of Monroe; they have become fascinated by that form. But today we will not talk about Monroe’s beauty, because that is already an established fact. Instead, we will talk about some aspects of his personality that are unknown to many.
A book lover
Many in the film world secretly called Monroe ‘Dumb Blonde’. Her face was just beautiful, and there was nothing in her head, that was their idea. So it is difficult to imagine her as a person who is drowning in the pages of a book, page after page, falling in amazement.
But surprisingly, Monroe was indeed a Person. She had a fairly rich collection of book in a personal library, containing 437 books. Almost every book was an original copy, some of the first edition, and the pages of the books contained her handwritten notes.
Let no one think that Monroe only collected books. She also read them. And Monroe didn’t make any choice in the place of reading books. Whenever she got a chance, she would sit anywhere and read a book. Director Joseph Monkeywich even discovered Monroe while reading a book on the set of ‘All About Eve’ (1950).
Monroe had in her hand the book ‘Letters to a Young Poet’ written by Rainer Maria Rilke. Monkeywich asked him how she had chosen that particular book to read. In response, Monroe said:
“On the nights when I have nothing else to do, I go to the Pickwick Bookstore in Hollywood Boulevard, and randomly open each book. Whenever I find a page or paragraph that reminds me, I buy the book. That’s how I did it last night. I bought the book. Is it wrong? “
Perhaps, for this reason, the books in Monroe’s library were varied in content. From classical literature to art, drama, biography, poetry, politics, history, philosophy, psychology, theology — what was not in her collection!
She also owned a rare first edition of some books. Such as Ralph Ellison’s ‘The Invisible Man’, Jack Keruyak’s ‘On the Road’, William Styron’s ‘This House on Fire’. Only a true book lover can realize the significance of the first edition of these books. Admittedly, Monroe was also someone who knew how to appreciate books.
Monroe’s bookshelf was packed with all the classic books. From Mark Twain to Leo Tolstoy, everyone owned the book. Books like ‘The Great Gatsby’, ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’, ‘Dubliners’ or ‘The Sun Also Rises’ used to shine there. She also had a particular fondness for the French existentialist writer Albert Camus.
In addition to high-level literature, Monroe kept a variety of books on gardening, home science or children’s books in the same category. The personal Bible also took place there.
Not only knowledge but also love to the wise.
Monroe’s love and the attraction were not limited to biblical knowledge. On the contrary, she was easily attracted to wise people. So many also identify him as sapiosexual, meaning those whose brains are filled with feelings of love and sex centred on intelligence.
In Monroe’s case, the idea is somewhat accurate, as evidenced by her third husband, Arthur Miller. Miller was the best playwright in the United States at the time. Presumably, she fell in love with Miller’s intelligence.
However, the breakup with Miller was a big blow to Monroe. Monroe found in Miller’s diary that Miller was embarrassed about his wife. The revelation emotionally broke Monroe of this truth. Then she chose to return to normal life with her favourite hobby – writing poetry.
Another possible reason behind the attraction to wise people is the absence of a father in childhood and adolescence. sHe never knew who his birth father was. And because of that, she always felt the emptiness of a fatherly personality in life. As a result, her choice of romantic partner was also made by men of her father’s age, who at the same time were much older, mature and possessed of sharp intelligence.
Actress Shelley Winters, who was Monroe’s roommate at the beginning of her Hollywood career, explained this in an interview in 1986. She said:
“When I was busy going out with handsome, young movie stars, he was attracted to fatherly people … old people who were very intelligent.”
Shelley added to David Letterman’s ‘Late Night Show’ in 1989:
“Marilyn wouldn’t like someone under the age of fifty … unless she had grey hair. One day, when we were so frustrated with our love, we decided that we shouldn’t like any men … just the ones we. It was interesting to spend the night with them. Anyway, we decided to make a list (of interesting men) and show it to each other in half an hour. , Brando and so on.”
Attraction to Einstein
Yes, Monroe liked Albert Einstein, as evidenced by Shelley’s remarks. Seeing Einstein’s name on Monroe’s list of favourite people, Shelley said that day:
“Marilyn, by no means can you spend the night with Albert Einstein. He is the most famous scientist of this century. Besides, he is an old man.”
Monroe’s response was:
“It has nothing to do with Otter (Ageing). I’ve heard he’s very healthy.”
But the question that remains is whether Monroe ever met Einstein face to face, and as many claims, was she really in love with Einstein?
Shelley said at David Letterman’s event:
“Many years after his (Monroe’s) death, I went to the apartment in Strasbourg (Monroe’s foster parents) (New York), and there I saw a picture of Albert Einstein sitting on the piano in a silver frame. It read: With love, respect and gratitude. Albert Einstein.”
More intelligent than Einstein?
Nowadays a surprising piece of information about Monroe is often heard. It is said that Monroe’s IQ was higher than that of Einstein. Exactly how much IQ is also said: 168! But is this information true at all? Or is it completely fabricated?
Sadly, no credible information about Monroe’s IQ has been found so far. No information is available on when her IQ was tested, what type of test it was, or why she had to take the test. The first information about Monroe’s IQ appeared on August 5, 2013. This was claimed in a list article by BuzzFeed.
However, no relevant reference was attached to this information. Therefore, it is unknown where the author of the article collected this information.
The modern form of IQ testing was introduced in 1949, according to the American Psychological Association’s Monitor on Psychology. But it was mainly for children. Meanwhile, Monroe was born in 1926. In other words, by 1949, she was 23 years old.
A version of that adult testing came in 1955 when Monroe was about 30 years old. However, there is no evidence that Monroe took the test. Because that test was also taken mainly in educational institutions and the army. Even for the biggest stars in Hollywood, the IQ test was a completely new topic at the time.
For details on Monroe’s IQ, Kim Lacapria contacted Marilyn Monroe expert Scott Fortner on behalf of Snoops.com. Fortner said he was aware of the “rumours” about Monroe’s IQ, but did not find out.
Whether or not there is evidence of something else, it is generally known that Monroe was not only a so-called stupid beauty but also very sensitive to her educational qualifications. She couldn’t graduate from high school because she had to face the battle of life before that. Later, even after ascending to the top of fame, the fact that she was always short in the aristocracy caused intense sadness in her mind.
So Monroe has spent a lifetime trying to read a lot of books on self-improvement, as evidenced by the books in her library. As a result, there is no doubt that Monroe was far more intelligent and witty than her public persona, and that she had an inexhaustible thirst for knowledge, if not IQ 168 or “more than Einstein.”