"Few Hollywood stars of the 1950s and 1960s were so compelling, so utterly unique, that they actually came to define the era in which they worked and played. Marilyn Monroe was one of those stars. From her earliest days as an actress until late in her career — when she had, against her will, been cast in the public eye as the century’s ultimate Sex Goddess — Marilyn posed for LIFE magazine’s photographers. Many of those pictures never ran in LIFE magazine."
On the anniversary of Monroe's death, reflections from the author who spent years studying her storied life
The actress, who died on Aug. 5, 1962, was "the only blonde in the world"
Bombshell might be coming to life
She also went topless for the photo shoot
Do you see Albert Einstein or Marilyn Monroe?
When Marilyn Monroe died from a barbiturate overdose on Aug. 5, 1962, devastated fans searched for a way to cope. LIFE Magazine, whose cover Monroe had graced...
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