Marilyn Monroe’s Diet – Could You Do It?

marilyn monroe's diet

  In 1952, Marilyn Monroe gave an interview to “Pagent Magazine.”  While the article titled, “How to Feel Blond All Over,” was made up predominantly of pictures, there was some interesting info regarding Marilyn Monroe’s diet.  Ny brought this old article to light.  Within seconds,  I was sucked into this article and clicking on every link which  revealed more and more  information about the iconic actress.  Everything from diet, to make up tricks and even old weight lifting routines.



Monroe is quoted as saying ” I’ve been told my eating habits are absolutely bizarre. But I don’t think so.”

What were the “habits” that shaped the body of pinup girl gone actress??     Well for starters, her breakfast was a mixture of 2 raw eggs with warm milk.  The strange body building-like recipe was whisked together then consumed.

  “I doubt any doctor could recommend a more nourishing breakfast for a working girl in a hurry.”

Marilyn would then skip lunch and eat a dinner based mainly  in protein and veggies.  Her dinner was either liver, steak, or lamb (boiled).  As a side dish she would eat 5 carrots.  Claiming “I must be part rabbit.”  She would finish the meal off with a hot fudge sundae.


In a witty rendition, Rebecca Harrington from followed 2 different diets from Marilyn.  For 10 days, Harrington suffered through what appeared to be inhumane torture.  “The result: a harrowing mix of fainting spells, pimples, and salmonella risks.”  It seems this diet isn’t for everyone and should probably be mixed with a high dose of barbiturates to be successful, claims Rebecca.


She also outlines some of Monroe’s beauty secrets through out the course of the article.  Things like Vaseline treatments,  makeup highlighting  tips, and ice baths in Channel No.5.   While the Channel No. 5 is out of the question it gives some insight into the regime of Marilyn at the height of her career.


Our conclusion, Marilyn Monroe’s diet was roughly 900 calories a day.  Let’s not forget that the recommended calories per day MINIMUM is 1,200.   No wonder Rebecca was having fainting spells!  The carbohydrates came only from the carrots, some from the milk and the majority from the sundae.   Summed up, this eating plan would be considered a low carb day for sure!!     When compared to what we know it would go against many of today’s diet rules.

If you’d like to read more about Rebecca’s Journey go to



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