60 years ago, to the day, on August 4, 1962, Marilyn Monroe was found dead at the age of 36. The actress had, in all likelihood, put an end to her life even if the causes of her death remain, still today, mysterious. On the occasion of this sad anniversary, Closer invites you to dive into the private life of the illustrious Hollywood star and to discover in particular why she had suddenly opted for the blonde color.
If Marilyn Monroe remains historically linked to her fairness, you should know that the hair of the actress was naturally brown. It was in 1945 that the young woman decided to dye her hair blond for the needs of an advertisement for a shampoo. She then worked for The Blue Book Modeling Agency and went blonde to satisfy a client looking for a model with lighter hair. Marilyn Monroe does not hesitate long and opts for a platinum blond like Marilyn Miller, an American actress she idolizes.
Marilyn Monroe: why she had to wear a wig at the end of her life
From 1945, Marilyn Monroe decides never to leave this blonde again and the young woman then begins to use many chemical treatments to preserve her color. These treatments will do a lot of harm to her hair. So much so that at the end of her life, in the early 1960s, when she was in her thirties, Marilyn Monroe found herself sometimes obliged, according to certain rumours, to wear a wig during her public outings or during filming. When he died in 1962, his usual hairdresser was unable to style his hair because it was so damaged. She then puts on a wig copying the hairstyle she wore in her last film Something’s Got to Give.
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