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Things You Didn’t Know about Your Favorite Artists

Contrary to her typecast image of a dumb blonde, Marilyn Monroe was extremely intelligent with an IQ of 168 (According to the Stanford-Binet test, a normal IQ ranges from 85 to 115).

Jackie Chan’s dream role is to play Genghis Khan.

Jackie Chan is a trained opera singer.

Oprah Winfrey’s opinions and endorsements have such powerful impact to influence consumer purchasing choices that it has been dubbed as ‘The Oprah Effect’.

Amitabh Bachchan is the first Asian actor to have his wax statue installed at Madame Tussaud in London.

Van Gogh had painted 37 self-portraits.

Van Gogh painted most of his paintings with the broken back of his paint brush – sometimes he spread the paint on the canvas directly from the tube.

Van Gogh became famous 11 years after his death – His brother’s wife collected his paintings after his death and dedicated herself to get his work the recognition it deserved. During his lifetime, he sold only one painting: ‘The Red Vineyard’.

Apart from being an admired painter, sculptor and architect, Michelangelo was also a poet and wrote over 300 poems.

Michael Jackson invented (and has also patented) special boots that allowed the wearer to lean forward so much that it seems to defy gravity. He used these in the “Smooth Criminal” music video.

In a Charlie Chaplin look-a-like contest, he himself once won third prize (mind you, not the first!)

Leonardo Da Vinci was obsessed with Anatomy. He created almost 240 drawings on anatomy and worked on documenting human anatomy through his dissections on corpses.

Apart from being a great composer, Mozart was also a good billiards player.

Mozart started writing his own compositions when he was 6 – he wrote his first opera when he was 14 years old. The opera was titled ‘Mitridate Re di Ponto’

Although Lata Mangeshkar attended school only for a day, she has been awarded Honorary Doctorate by six universities including the NY University

Georges Braque was the first living person whose art was displayed in Louvre museum.

Virginia Woolf wrote all her books standing.

Elvis, known for his thick black hair was a natural blond – He began dying his hair black in high school.