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What Was Marilyn Monroe's Natural Hair Colour?

Marilyn Monroe's Natural Hair Colour Might Surprise You

PALM SPRINGS, CA - 1954: Actress Marilyn Monroe poses for a portrait laying on the grass in 1954 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Baron/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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  • People are wondering about Marilyn Monroe's natural hair colour after streaming Netflix's "Blonde."
  • Before she adopted the stage name Marilyn Monroe, she was Norma Jeane Baker.
  • Known as a "blonde bombshell," many are surprised to learn the actor was not a natural blonde.

With Netflix's "Blonde" starring Ana de Armas finally available to stream, people are asking themselves: what was Marilyn Monroe's natural hair colour? For context, "Blonde" is a fictionalised historical drama about the star's life and depicts her rise from Norma Jeane Baker to the actor, singer, and model the world knew her to be.

The movie shows us a young Monroe before she legally adopted her stage name in 1956, and in those scenes, we see her with her natural hair colour. Given Monroe's title of "blonde bombshell," maybe people are surprised to learn that the star's real hair colour was more of a light brown. Monroe's natural hair colour is visible in some of her earlier modelling shots from the 1940s. She became a platinum blond around 1948 when she signed with Columbia Pictures (now 20th Century Fox), and the rest is history.

Monroe kept that peroxide-blonde hue for the rest of her life, and most of her movie roles revolved around the hair colour — 1953's "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" is exemplary of this. Monroe's blond hair became a key element of her signature look.

Take a look at Monroe's natural hair colour ahead.

Marylin Monroe, or Norma Jean Baker, With Brown Hair in 1947

1947:  Actress Marilyn Monroe poses for a portrait in 1947. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

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Marylin Monroe, or Norma Jean Baker, With Brown Hair in 1946

LOS ANGELES - 1946:  Actress Marilyn Monroe then known as Norma Jeane Mortenson poses for a portrait in 1946 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Richard C. Miller/Donaldson Collection/Getty Images)

Image Source: Getty / Richard C. Miller/Donaldson Collection

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