Marilyn's love of reading
I'm currently reading "The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe" by J. Randy TaraBorrelli (which I got from the library ;-). In the book it mentions Marilyn's appetite for knowledge. Johnny Hyde, Marilyn's talent agent from early in her career, wanted her to expand her intellectual scope and suggested she read books by Turgenev and Tolstoy. As she became famous, she was often seen and photographed reading different books and she was made fun of and ridiculed because they didn't believe she could read and understand those books. Those who were close friends would say that Marilyn did read books and would have lengthy and knowledgeable discussions about them. Marilyn wasn't a dumb blonde like some in Hollywood thought.
Some other books read by Marilyn: Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman,
Psychology of Everyday Life by Sigmund Freud, Lust for Life by Irving Stone, The Autobiography of Lincoln Steffens by Lincoln Steffens, The Thinking Body by Mabel Elsworth Todd, Greek Mythology by Edith Hamilton, An Actor Prepares by Konstantin Stanislavsky and To the Actor by Miachael Chekhov (just to name a few).