Marilyn Monroe plastic surgery records up for auction

A physician's notes that indicate movie star Marilyn Monroe had undergone plastic surgery will be up for auction next month, along with a number of X-rays of her facial and nasal bones.

Written by the late celebrity plastic surgeon Michael Gurdin, the notes include a reference to a 1950 cartilage implant in Marilyn's chin, which he noted had begun to dissolve.


Marilyn was born Norma Jeane Mortensen (soon after changed to Baker) on June 1, 1926. Changing her name and dyeing her hair platinum blond helped Marilyn break into the movie business, and transformed her into one of Hollywood’s greatest sex symbols. Many have speculated that the late actress also went under the knife in the early years, but these notes provide the first concrete evidence to support that theory. 

"Nobody really thought about Marilyn Monroe having plastic surgery. It was always speculation -- did she or didn't she?" Martin Nolan, executive director of Julien's Auctions, told Reuters.

"They thought she was such a natural beauty, they didn't want to believe."

Martin adds that plastic surgery procedures were also a very new phenomenon at the time for Hollywood.

Marilyn’s biggest films -- Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) The Seven Year Itch (1955) and Some Like It Hot (1959) -- were all shot after she reportedly got the chin implant in 1950. 

The notes also indicate that “Joan Newman” -- Marilyn’s alias on the X-rays — was 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighed 115 pounds (52 kilograms).

The medical history spans from 1950 to 1962 and is expected to fetch between $15,000 and $30,000 in at auction on Nov. 9  and 10.

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