Although firmly established in legend the figure of Tinker Bell is not based on Marilyn Monroe. Tinker Bell owes her shapely form to the "Pin-Up Girls" of World War II, Betty Grable among them, but Monroe was still a supporting actor and relative unknown at the time Tinker Bell was developed.

Margaret Kerry was Tinker Bell's live-action reference model. By the time of its 1953 release, Peter Pan had been in development at Disney for 14 years. Disney had purchased the film rights to the story in 1939.

Even the book, "The Marilyn Encyclopedia" (1999) still perpetuates this myth.