She Was Extremely Intelligent And Well-Read
“Dumb blonde!” is one of the first cries about Marilyn’s so-called character. True, this was the persona she was stamped with upon her arrival to Hollywood (which she eventually broke away from, more on that later,) but she was actually a very intelligent person by many standards. While many have reported her IQ to be that of 163 I cannot find any legitimate documentation of that suggestion; however, there are other factors to support this claim.
One of her closest friends, brilliant author Truman Capote, held her in very high intellectual regard. She was a voracious reader and almost always had a book in her car, particularly “Ulysses” by James Joyce. At the time of her death, Marilyn owned a library of over 400 books, including “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, “On The Road” by Jack Kerouac, “The Portable Poe” by Edgar Allen Poe, “The House Of The Dead” by Fyodor Dostoevsky, and scores of other literary classics.