Marilyn Monroe

Actress

Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, model, and singer. Famous for playing comedic "blonde bombshell" characters, she became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s and early 1960s and was emblematic of the era's changing attitudes towards sexuality. 1 2 3

Daily Routine

Marilyn Monroe would begin every morning by brushing her teeth and washing her face to “shake off the first deep layer of sleep”. She’d next perform a light workout while on the floor beside her bed, this consisted of:

  • Lifting five-pound weights from a spread-eagle position to directly above her head (15 reps)
  • Repeating the first exercise but from a position of her arms above her head
  • Move weights in circles while arms were at a 45-degree angle from the floor

Before taking a shower, Monroe made a morning drink of milk mixed with two raw eggs and heated it using a hot plate in her hotel room. She drank it while getting dressed and usually took some multi-vitamin pills as an additional supplement. The movie star’s normal day consisted of photo shoots and filming on sets.

Monroe typically ate a simple dinner. For example, on her way home, she’d stop by the market near her hotel and buy steak, lamb chops or liver. She broiled the meat herself using an electric oven in her room and eat it with four to five carrots. For a little treat after drama class, Monroe fell into the habit of stopping at Will Wright’s ice cream parlour for a hot fudge sundae.