Marilyn Monroe

When people hear the name Marilyn Monroe, cosmetic surgery isn’t the first thing that comes to mind for most.

The starlet that still embodies the glitz and glamor of the silver screen, who is still held up as one of the all time bombshells, got that way the same way many stars of today did.

Being born with good genes and a good deal of talent, then having those natural attributes increased with some selective cosmetic procedures.

Did Marilyn Monroe Have Surgery?

Born Norma Jeane Mortenson, Marilyn Monroe had to create her own persona and look in the Hollywood of yesteryear. She began as a model, but eventually ended up on the big screen in a variety of roles that included 29 films with a 30th unfinished.

When she came out to Hollywood she was young and attractive, as well as talented, but she was made over into someone new. The name change is said to have come from a talent agent, and from there it was hair, makeup, body and any other changes that would enhance her appearance and make her an even brighter star.

According to Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Norman Leaf, who states he had contact with Marilyn’s plastic surgeon and to have seen her chart, she underwent at least two different procedures.

One of them was a chin implant, which would have given her that distinctive jawline that really enhanced her facial structure and the other was a tip rhinoplasty which would have reshaped the soft cartilage of her nose.

Michael Gurdin, who performed the procedures, listed the first entry on Marilyn’s chart as July 14, 1958.

Marilyn Monroe Before Plastic Surgery?

Ask someone if they’ve heard the name Marilyn Monroe. Chances are good that everyone you ask knows who she is. She’s an icon, both as a starlet and as an example of American beauty.

Though she was attractive before any procedures, it is very obvious if you hold up earlier photographs of Marilyn next to pictures from later in her modeling and acting careers that the shape of her face had changed.

And unlike many of today’s horror stories, Marilyn Monroe simply went on about her business with no one any really the wiser.

Plastic surgery in the 1950s was still relatively new, so what Marilyn did took a lot of guts.  Unlike the stars of today where there are constant questions and rumors about cosmetic or plastic surgery as far as the mainstream celebrities are concerned (see plastic surgery Kim Kardashian before and after and also Jaime Murray plastic surgery), is it possible that Marilyn really did break new ground?

However she was possibly not the first to get plastic surgery in old Hollywood; there were rumors of stars and starlets that always knew just where to go to get a little cosmetic help in keeping their looks picture perfect.

And when Marilyn found her doctor, the small procedures that have gone on the record went over very well indeed. No rejection, no complications and given that plastic surgery was still so relatively new at the time there was a significantly smaller rumor mill that she had to deal with even as a famous starlet.

Before and After Videos

Not everyone believes this, however. The video below shows a number of photos and pictures of Marilyn Monroe in an attempt to cast doubt on the notion that she did have some sort of cosmetic surgery procedure.

You will see a number of before and after pictures and photographs of Marilyn in her younger days compared and contrasted with a later one.

We’ll let you decide if Marilyn Monroe really did have plastic surgery.

There are some further images of Marilyn in this video which will further add to the debate.

Did Marilyn Change Her Chin Through Cosmetic Surgery?

Marilyn Monroe, if we can talk about a period “before” she might have had plastic surgery, had a broader nose and a chin that was a little more rounded, with the after effects being the smoother nose slope and her famous facial profile.

So it seems that, when you really sit back and take a good, hard look at Hollywood’s cosmetic practices, it’s a long tradition.

After all, when Marilyn Monroe’s cosmetic surgery stands as an example, can you really blame later generations for trying to use it as a performance and career enhancer?


  1. She had her eyelids done. I’ve had it done, too, I can see the ‘signs’. in many images, her eyelids come so far down her eyes look ‘hooded’. One looks at the before and after pictures and wonders why she’s got more ‘spark’ in the after pix. It’s her eyes, she’s more confident about expressing herself with them.

    • If you look closely, you can see the scars on her upper lids. As she aged, the large upper lids became even more pronounced.

      • She was only 36 when she died!!! they did not do stuf with lips and cheeks in those days…not even with the eyes. She had her nose shortened, and maybe a chin implant….but nothing more.

        • It is obvious from the younger pictures that she had eyelid surgery. Take a close look, younger pictures show more upper eyelid skin. Nose, chin, eyelids for sure–but some fantastic work, she turned out beautifully.

  2. Marko Mario says:

    Yes, I agree, eyelids have been reshaped 100 %. Her eyelids are stretched and pulled above her eyes so that you can see makeup on her eyelid, on pictures before that there’s eyelids touching on the lashes. The difference is enormous.

  3. Her eyelids looked smaller, almost hooded in the old photos, but she had big eyelids later.

  4. And by the way. Marilyn Monroe had in old Pictures (16-18 old years) Baby fat. This is why she had a other Nose.

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