Marilyn Monroe's Gloves

A seductive accessory fit for a sex symbol, these kidskin evening gloves were worn by actress Marilyn Monroe. Norma Jeane Baker, discovered working in a factory, became Marilyn Monroe when she signed her first movie contract in 1946. While her screen roles emphasized beauty over brains—most famously in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)—Monroe at times transcended the "dumb blonde" stereotype with gifted comedic and dramatic performances. As a superstar overshadowed by a tragic personal life, she remains one of Hollywood's most alluring icons.
Currently not on view
Object Name
gloves, pair of
Date made
Monroe, Marilyn
Physical Description
leather (overall material)
overall: 42 cm x 13 cm x .5 cm; 16 9/16 in x 5 1/8 in x 3/16 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Clothing & Accessories
Popular Entertainment
National Treasures exhibit
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National Treasures exhibit
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Related Publication
Kendrick, Kathleen M. and Peter C. Liebhold. Smithsonian Treasures of American History
Publication title
Treasures of American History online exhibition
Publication author
National Museum of American History
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