The following is a list of some of Marilyn's favorite things. Like anyone else, Marilyn's tastes changed over the years, so not all of these "favorites" were long-term loves in Marilyn's life.
ACTORS: John Barrymore, Marlon Brando, Charlie Chaplin, Joan Crawford, Olivia de Havilland, Marie Dressler, Clark Gable, Great Garbo, Cary Grant, Jean Harlow, Charles Laughton, Tyrone Power, Ginger Rodgers, Will Rogers, and Richard Widmark.
ARTISTS: Botticelli, El Greco, Goya, Michelangelo and Picasso.
BOOK: How Stanislavsky Directs by Michael Gorchakov
CANDY: Tootsie Rolls
COLORS: beige, black, red and white.
DRINK: Dom Perignon 1953
FILM PERFORMANCE: The Asphalt Jungle (1950), Don't Bother to Knock (the breakdown scene) (1952)
MUSICIANS: Louis Armstrong, Earl Bostick, Ludwig von Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
PHOTOGRAPH: Cecil Beaton's photo of her in white dress
PLAYS: A Streetcar Named Desire, Death of a Salesman
PLAYWRIGHTS: Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams
PERFUME: Chanel No. 5
POETS: John Keats, Walt Whitman
SINGERS: Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra
WRITERS: Fyodor Dostoyevsky, J.D Salinger, George Bernard Shaw, Thomas Wolfe
This information is taken from the book, "The Unabridged Marilyn: Her Life from A to Z" by Randall Riese and Neal Hitchens.