“You know, they ask me questions. Just an example: “What do you wear to bed? A pajama top? The bottoms of the pajamas? A nightgown?” So I said, ‘CHANEL N°5,’ because it’s the truth… And yet, I don’t want to say ‘nude.’ But it’s the truth!”
Now that we’re quoting the lovely, sassy, sexy icon Marilyn anyway and channeling Chanel N°5, here are a few ‘good to knows’ ;
…Chanel asked Ernest Beaux to create a perfume, she thought a woman should smell like a woman and not like a flower.
Beaux created two sets of perfumes based on this – one was numbered from 1 to 5 and the other from 20 to 24. Chanel chose the fifth perfume without hesitation. She put it on the market in 1921, on the fifth day of the fifth month, because she believed in the luck of the number 5…
The worldwide distribution was done by the industrialists Pierre and Paul Wertheimer. Together they founded the Société de perfumes Chanel in 1924. Today this perfume house is still in the hands of the Wertheimer family.
Chanel No. 5 is still one of the best-selling perfumes in the world. Well-known fans were and are Andy Warhol, Catherine Deneuve and Marilyn Monroe, among others, who once claimed that she wore nothing but Chanel Nº5 in bed and that caused the sales figures to rise sharply …
By the way, we can thank Marie Claire’s editor-in-chief, Georges Belmont, for the notorious quote from Marilyn Monroe that keeps whirling around the world so wonderfully. Georges Belmont was interviewing Marilyn in 1960 regarding her new movie “Let’s Make Love,” when the iconic sound clip in question was created, in which Marilyn revealed that she wore CHANEL N°5 to bed…and well…nothing else…