Young Love #114
Hana Jirickova , NUMÉRO #155, August 2014
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Laff Magazine cover that features one of Marilyn’s alternative name choices from early in her career: “Jean Norman.” (bottom left corner)
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From the start of Norma Jeane’s work in acting and modeling, people had suggested that she change her name to something “more sophisticated.”
Originally, when the studio began to consider names for Norma Jeane to use, their first choice was not Marilyn Monroe. Her first studio name was actually “Carole Lind,” but Norma Jeane didn’t like it at all, and this name never quite stuck.
Fox Studio Executive Ben Lyon then worked with Norma Jeane on choosing something different. Norma Jeane suggested her mother’s maiden name of Monroe, and they discussed the possibility of using “Jean Monroe.” But Lyon came up with “Marilyn.” The two M’s would go nicely together, and he had always found the name to be beautiful, since he had been engaged to stage actress Marilyn Miller years before. He even said Norma Jeane reminded him of his ex-fiancé. ”Marilyn Monroe” was the final decision.
It took Marilyn some time to get adjusted to her new title…. According to The Marilyn Encyclopedia, in 1952 she revealed, “I’ve never liked the name Marilyn. I’ve often wished that I had held out that day for Jean Monroe. But I guess it’s too late to do anything about it now.”