Decades after her tragic death, actress Marilyn Monroe remains a beauty icon, with many actresses, including Megan Fox and Lindsay Lohan, still inspired by her style and looks. But whenever people would look at old photos of the platinum blonde star, many couldn’t help but notice that she looked very different than in her days before fame, when she was a brunette named Norma Jean. Her transformation from pretty Norma Jean to glamorous Marilyn Monroe seemed to be a little more than a bottle of hair dye, but no one was ever completely sure. With the recent release of Monroe’s medical records and x-rays, an old Hollywood mystery has finally been definitely resolved. Norma Jean’s transformation into Hollywood star Marilyn Monroe was caused by plastic surgery—and hair color too.
Only 36 years old when she was found dead in her Hollywood home, Marilyn Monroe went through a lot in her short life. From loves to films, Marilyn regularly transformed herself into Hollywood’s most iconic beauties, but her personal life often affected her career.
Still, before the fame game Norma Jean underwent plastic surgery to become Marilyn Monroe and the proof is now for sale. Julien’s Auction House in California has a collection of medical records, doctor’s notes and x-rays from Hollywood plastic surgeon Michael Gurdin between 1950 and 1962. Documents from June 7, 1962, just one week after her 36th birthday and two months before her death, indicate that Monroe, using the alias “Joan Newman,” had undergone a cartilage implant done for a “chin deformity” in 1950. X-rays reveal that Monroe had a small fracture in her nose, which would be indicative of a nose job.
For many years, Monroe has been suspected of being a plastic surgery star and these documents indicate that the stories are true: in addition to dying her hair blond, Monroe had a small chin implant and minor rhinoplasty.
These days, there are a variety of products to help the healing process after plastic surgery, including supplements and vitamins, rhinoplasty recovery kits and even chin straps to help the body heal after the trauma. Monroe’s plastic surgery recovery may have taken longer without access to modern healing products that are especially designed for various procedures in order to reduce pain and lessen recovery time.
Monroe’s doctor also lists the actress as Marilyn Miller during the period she was married to esteemed playwright Arthur Miller. And while a lady never reveals her weight, the records list Monroe’s height and weight to be 5’6″ and 115 pounds for the famously curvaceous actress.
Martin Nolan, executive director of Julien’s Auctions says that Monroe’s plastic surgery was always of a speculative nature—”did she or didn’t she?—and that no one wanted to believe that the screen siren had been under the knife, rather that she was a natural beauty.
The collection of records regarding Monroe is estimated to sell for $20,000 and $30,000 and Nolan says that within hours of the auction going live, he was contacted by interested parties in Ireland, England and Australia.none