Or more commonly known as Marilyn Monroe. On the 50th Anniversary of the death of one of the world's most iconic women, what better way to celebrate her life than talking about what made her so special.
Marilyn Monroe grew up spending most of her childhood in foster homes before beginning a career as a model. She is a natural brunette but dyed her hair blonde in order to get work, when she was told they were looking for someone with lighter hair. It would go on to become her trademark look that would be copied for generations to come! The name Marilyn Monroe was put together by an executive at 20th Century Fox, as he didn't like the name Norma Jeane.
Marilyn's life was not without scandal, and soon after her breakthrough, nude photographs of her were released that she had had done in order to pay her rent. But this savvy young actress didn't hide away in shame or deny the rumours as her modern day counterparts might, she stood up and admitted the pictures were of her, and were taken at a time when she did what ever she could to get by.
Marilyn starred in a number of films during her career, some of her more well know ones being The Seven Year Itch (the one with the famous 'skirt-blowing' scene), Some Like it Hot and How to Marry a Millionaire. She would go on to marry the baseball player, Joe DiMaggio, (although this was number 2 of three marriages) and firmly began stamping her name in the history books.
Marilyn also famous sung 'Happy Birthday' to President Kennedy, proving not only her prowess as an actress but as a sexy, sultry singer too.
On 5th August 1962, an LAPD officer received a call stating that Marilyn had been found dead at her home. The cause of death was recorded as "acute barbiturate poisoning", resulting from a "probable suicide". Many theories, including murder, circulated about the circumstances of her death and the timeline after the body was found. Some conspiracy theories involved John and Robert Kennedy, while other theories suggested CIA or Mafia conspiracy. She was 36 years old.
Yet despite her difficult childhood, and the controvesy that often surrounded her, her face remains as recognisable as the men and women gracing the big screens today. Her legacy is the style and grace and beauty that she possessed throughout her life. One of her most famous assest is her figure. A figure identifed by its womanly curves, shaply bottom and ample busom. So much so, that in the current market of super skinny models, many women, and even more men, would much prefer a Munro to a Moss!
Goodbye Norma Jeane
June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962