In the pantheon of old Hollywood glitz and glamour, few names and faces are as famous as Marilyn Monroe’s. The original blonde bombshell, she was known as much for her films as for her status as one of pop culture’s biggest celebrities.

Tragically, in 1962, Marilyn’s life was cut short. Still, her relatively brief time in the spotlight was undoubtedly brimming with fascinating stories that helped build her reputation as a Hollywood icon.

Here are some of the most compelling facts about her that even her biggest fans may not know. They truly show why she was one of history’s most captivating stars!

1. Though she was one of Hollywood’s biggest actresses, Marilyn Monroe often found it difficult to memorize her lines. In one instance, it took her more than 60 tries to nail the line, “It’s me, sugar,” from Some Like It Hot.