A Few Of Her Favorite Things: Marilyn Monroe

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Happy Birthday to the One and Only Marilyn Monroe!

Usually I post on Mondays, but it's June 1, and in 1926 the most iconic bombshell to ever live was born, so I thought I would switch things up a bit! 

Do you share some favorite things with the inimitable Marilyn Monroe

She was a truly a mysterious woman, and one who has enchanted generations of cinephiles. Behind her alluring image, Marilyn Monroe seemed to be a kind, gentle woman (don’t miss the story of her encounter with a gas station attendant), not to mention incredibly intelligent (the books Marilyn Monroe kept on her library shelf might shock you!).

“I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.”
Marilyn Monroe

So turn on some Louis Armstrong (one of her favorite singers) and pour the bubbly as we celebrate some of Marilyn Monroe’s favorite things, along with some incredible (and at times, even eerie) stories.


Marilyn Monroe’s Red Lipstick

Marilyn Monroe’s signature red lips were famously achieved with five coats of Guerlain’s Rouge Diabolique lipstick. Although the original lipstick is no longer sold, Guerlain Kiss Kiss Lip Color’s "Red Insolence" shade is almost an exact dupe.

Marilyn Monroe’s Favorite Food: Italian

She spent much of her time at some of the iconic Italian restaurants of the era.


I stumbled upon this carbon copy of a receipt in which Marilyn requested 12 splits (quarter the size of a regular bottle) of Piper Heidsieck Champagne to be delivered to Marilyn Monroe at The Beverly Hills Hotel, Bungalow 21. The receipt itself sold for over 1k, by the way.

Emilio Pucci

An Emilio Pucci bag, another one of Marilyn Monroe’s favorite brands.


Marilyn Monroe’s Favorite Perfume (To Wear To Bed)

The famous perfume associated with Marilyn Monroe is Chanel No. 5… and it really was one of her favorites! But there is another... keep reading below...

MARILYN MONROE IN “Don't Bother to Knock”

The performance of themselves celebs like most is very telling. In this case, the role is dramatic, and has a lot of depth... it's almost Hitchcock-level suspense. I love this film. and t is available for free on Netflix if you have it.


Marilyn Monroe was reportedly fascinated by the chocolate souffle served at this swanky Beverly Hills restaurant (I will definitely be trying that recipe out soon, so stay tuned!), Now defunct, the glittering restaurant was once a haven for Hollywood stars of yesteryear. Pictured here is a party celebrating The Seven Year Itch that was hosted there.

Marilyn Monroe a la Jean Harlow

Marilyn modeled her image after Jean Harlow, her idol.


Again, I thought this might be just a PR stunt by a studio that wanted to present their goddess as somewhat human... until I found out that among her effects sold at a Christie’s sale were cookbooks she'd lovingly written her notes in.

marlon brando

Marlon Brando

Given her love of literature and also her admiration for Marlon Brando, the fact that A Streetcar Named Desire was one of her favorite plays makes sense.

charlie chaplin

Charlie Chaplin

Marilyn Monroe reportedly loved Charlie Chaplin films (not surprising considering she dated his son!), and Clark Gable and Marlon Brando were two of her other favorite actors.


Floris Geranium

Marilyn Monroe once ordered half a dozen perfume bottles of Rose Geranium Toilet Water to be delivered to the Beverly Hills Hotel (she really liked the Beverly Hills Hotel as well it seems!)

You can't buy the perfume itself anymore, but if you are curious about the scent, you can still get the bath oil. I feel like perfumes are so indicative of personality, so I am curious... I am definitely ordering a bottle!

ulysses book


A famous photo of Marilyn reading Ulysses... was it all staged, or was it really the book really her favorite? I am not sure. But I do believe she loved to read...she had a rather extensive library. If you are curious to see her other favorites, one of her fan club's has compiled a rather extensive list you can view here.


Marilyn Monroe’S Favorite Flower: Roses

Marilyn Monroe’s ex-husband Joe DiMaggio was well aware of Marilyn's love of roses... so much so, that he staged a rather elaborate token of love that literally continued to her grave, sorta like a P.S. I Love You plot line in reverse. He made sure that twice a week a dozen long-stemmed roses were delivered to her grave at Westwood Memorial Park.

Salvatore Ferragamo

Marilyn Monroe’s favorite pair of shoes were made by Salvatore Ferragamo. They were featured at an exhibit at the London Design Center.

I love these shoes from the same designer... they seem like something she might have loved!

judy garland

The Singer That Got Marilyn Monroe Through the Worst Days: Judy Garland

It is said that Judy's version of "Who Cares?" was Marilyn Monroe’s favorite song, and that she often played it at high volume.

Here is a snippet of the lyrics:

Who cares if the sky cares
To fall in the sea?
Who cares what banks fail in Yonkers
Long as you've got a kiss that conquers?

Curious to know the favorite things of some of your other favorite actresses from the Golden Age of Hollywood? From Audrey Hepburn’s favorite food, to Grace Kelly’s favorite poem, or Marilyn Monroe’s iconic red lipstick, I’ve done the work for you and gathered it all in one place. So what are you waiting for? Channel a bit of Hollywood starlight for your next party or maybe just for your next night out on the town.



Several notes in the spirit of doing the right thing... Marilyn Monroe did NOT endorse any of the products listed here, but based upon my research I do believe she really loved these things. That said, if you buy from any of the links included above rather than going straight to the vendor site from Google or another search engine, I get a portion of your purchase at no cost to you.