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Marilyn Monroe swore by cold baths, Chanel No. 5 and breast workouts

The movie legend loved products that are still available today.

Late movie bombshell Marilyn Monroe's beauty secrets have been revealed to mark what would have been the tragic star's 91st birthday.

The Gentlemen Prefer Blondes actress, who remains a huge inspiration for modern A-listers, was famous for her glowing skin and credited classic potions still on the market today for keeping her skin dewy, editors at Vogue magazine have shared.

She was also devoted to late dermatologist Erno Laszlo, who supplied her with his own Phormula 3-9, a specially made botanical skin salve she used to cover a scar she was self-conscious about, as well as his own Active Phelityl Cream, a multi-purpose moisturiser still made today by the company which bears his name.

Other items Marilyn swore by, which are still available, include Elizabeth Arden's Eight Hour Cream and Pond’s moisturiser, as well as regular lanolin and olive oil which she used all over her body. She also famously stayed out of the sun.

Meanwhile, one of the iconic beauty's most famous quotes remains popular among sweet-smelling fashionistas today - asked "What do you wear to bed?" the sex siren said, "Chanel No. 5, because it’s the truth!"

She would count out five drops each night to apply to her body, and loved the scent so much that she added the fragrance to ice baths - another of her beauty secrets.

As for exercise, Monroe focused only on one part of her body - her "simple bust-firming routine" involved 15 repetitions of lifting a pair of five-pound weights above her head, starting at a spread-eagled arm position, then 15 more with her arms at a 45-degree angle, then a final set holding her arms above her head.

Marilyn was only 36 when she died of a barbiturate overdose on 5 August, 1962 in Los Angeles. She would have turned 91 on 1 June (17).

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