Marilyn Monroe's Secret Cosmetic Surgeries


Marilyn Monroe, the most storied actress in cinematic history who once set the standard for beauty in Western culture, went under the knife to enhance her image, according to doctor's notes being auctioned off next month.

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"In the 1950s she had a cartilage implant to her chin," said Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Norman Leaf, reading from notes written by plastic surgeon Michael Gurdin. "Instead of a silicon chin implant, they used carved cartilage from a cow -- bovine cartilage."

Contrary to popular belief, Leaf assured us that in her quest for the flawless body Monroe never had breast implants, as this procedure wasn't done at the time.

Other points of interest found in the papers involve the men in Monroe's life. One document claims that Monroe fell early one morning in 1962, sustaining trauma to her eye and nose. At the time, there had been suspicions that Monroe may have been injured in a fight with her ex-husband Joe DiMaggio. Another note refers to the terminated pregnancy that Monroe had while married to playwright Arthur Miller.

The documents are expected to go for between $15,000 and $30,000 -- proceeds which Leaf is donating to the charity Rebuilding America's Warriors. The non-profit provides free plastic surgery to wounded veterans.

The auction will take place in Beverly Hills on November 9-10.