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Monroe Doctrine

Marilyn Monroe by the numbers -- A rundown of some of the interesting figures in Donald Spoto's new biography about the reveals titular star

Could America's sex goddess have died from an enema? That's only one of many provocative theses in Donald Spoto's new biography, Marilyn Monroe. Some others, according to Spoto:

*Monroe's age when first married: 16

*Monroe's mother's age at her first marriage: 14

*Number of times Monroe (and her mother) married: 3

*Number of men who could have been Monroe's father: 5

*Number of magazines she appeared on in 1946, her first year modeling: 33

*Amount Monroe was paid weekly for her first Fox movie contract: $75

*Amount she was paid for 1953's Gentlemen Prefer Blondes: $15,000

*Number of films she made in her first eight years in Hollywood: 24

*Number she made in her last eight: 5

*Number of times the author thinks Monroe slept with President John F. Kennedy: 1

*Number of times the author believes she slept with Robert Kennedy: 0

Originally posted Apr 16, 1993 Published in issue #166 Apr 16, 1993 Order article reprints