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Screenshot of Marilyn Monroe from the trailer for the film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953).

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Marilyn Monroe (June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962), born Norma Jeane Mortenson, but baptized Norma Jeane Baker, was an American actress, singer, comedian and model.

After spending much of her childhood in foster homes, Monroe began a career as a model, which led to a film contract in 1946. Her early roles were minor, but her performances in The Asphalt Jungle and All About Eve (both 1950) were well received. She was praised for her comedic ability in such films as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire, and The Seven Year Itch, and became one of Hollywood's most popular and glamorous performers.

The typecasting of Monroe's "dumb blonde" persona limited her career prospects, so she broadened her range. She studied at the Actors Studio and formed Marilyn Monroe Productions. Her dramatic performance in William Inge's Bus Stop was hailed by critics, and she won a Golden Globe Award for her performance in Some Like it Hot.

The final years of Monroe's life were marked by illness, personal problems, and a reputation for being unreliable and difficult to work with. The circumstances of her death, from an overdose of barbiturates, have been the subject of conjecture. Though officially classified as a "probable suicide", the possibility of an accidental overdose has not been ruled out, while conspiracy theorists argue that she was murdered.

In 1999, Monroe was ranked as the sixth greatest female star of all time by the American Film Institute.

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TMZ, 2019-02-11 08:30:00
Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio's marriage only lasted 9 months, but the memories of their honeymoon live on ... and you can own the photos!! Hollywood's "it" couple for a hot minute in the '50s eloped in San Fran in January 1954 and took a plane to…

Bo Decker in 'Bus Stop' 'Memba Him?!
TMZ, 2019-02-11 08:01:00
Don Murray shot to stardom after his big-screen debut as Beauregard 'Bo' Decker -- alongside Marilyn Monroe as Cherie -- in the 1956 western "Bus Stop." Guess what he looks like now!

Lock of Marilyn Monroe's Hair For Sale For $16,500
TMZ, 2019-01-14 08:30:00
A 60-year-old clipping of Marilyn Monroe's hair is up for grabs, and as an added bonus ... it comes with a sexy glamour shot of the blonde bombshell. The lock of hair -- approximately 35 strands worth -- is from the collection of Kenneth Battelle,…

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