Sad but true: Marilyn Monroe did not have six toes on her left foot. Or on her right foot, either. She was a ten-toed beauty.
We were unaware of the “Marilyn Monroe had six toes” rumor until discovering it on Danamo’s Marilyn Monroe Pages, an excellent fan site for all things Monroe. Here’s the photo by fashion photographer Joe Jasgur that started it all:
Well, it does look a bit like six toes on her left foot at that. Snopes.com has tackled the question and says it’s just an optical illusion:
The appearance of a “sixth toe” in Jasgur’s photos is merely an artifact of the blending of shadows and light, making the natural bulge that appears at the base of one’s small toe (where the digit joins the outer edge of the foot) look somewhat like an extra toe.
We’ll take their word for it. As Snopes points out, the original rumor got twisted at some point to say that Marilyn Monroe had her secret sixth toe surgically removed, which is why later photos showed her with only five. But in truth, she only had the five to begin with.
It’s not hard to find photos with a ten-toed Marilyn Monroe. Here’s one from 1951, when she was performing for American troops in Korea.
It’s a little like blowing up the Zapruder film, but this grainy image shows pretty clearly only the five toes on Marilyn Monroe’s left foot.
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