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Marilyn Monroe and plastic surgery

I want to grow old without facelifts… I want to have the courage to be loyal to the face I’ve made. Sometimes I think it would be easier to avoid old age, to die young, but then you’d never complete your life, would you? You’d never wholly know you.- Marilyn Monroe

For the record I would like to say it makes little difference to me if Marilyn Monroe did have surgery or not. That animal magnetism she exuded is something you are born with, it cannot be man-made.

 If Marilyn did have surgery, it would have to have been in the 1940s and early 1950s. The procedures were still relatively new and quite dangerous.  She would have been a young starlet, desperately trying to break through and catch Hollywood’s eye.


If you look at the pictures of a young Marilyn, she seems to have a broader nose and a more rounded chin. Her rhinoplasty allegedly took place in 1946, on signing her contract with Twentieth Century-Fox Studios. This coincided with the name change and dying her hair blonde.

Some specialists have stated Marilyn also had an early form of chin implant.


Here is a video that takes the opposite view



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6 responses »

  1. I am glad to see that video. I didn’t think she had plastic surgery and this video definitely proves it! It is clear that she just lost some “baby fat” on her face, and the hair colour change made a big difference — not to mention the wonders of cosmetics!
    Interesting post!

  2. Even if she did have surgery WHO CARES!!! She was the first sex icon and will ALWAYS be # 1! Does it really matter she is absolutely beautiful either way!!!!!!!!!!!

    • It’s not a question of her being a sex icon. If she did have operations, it would have been a huge risk, because the plastic surgery at the time was still budding. That means that Norma Jean was most probably pushed to endanger her health to look better on film. If the surgery was meant to balance out the proportion of her face ( chin, nose), would she still be seen as an ideal woman without it?

  3. Great slideshow! Photography can be so deceiving: the power of lighting & make-up cant be underestimated. I also know diet and life changes definitely can show up in your face 🙂
    I imagine she would have aged well, I’m thinking of Sophia Loren as comparison – personally I have no objection to stars getting surgery when their business is all about looks. And the camera is most unforgiving, too not to mention peer pressure. Then again I respect those who are willing to remain true to themselves.

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