Pop art illustration of Marilyn Monroe (1926–1962).
Monroe was an American actress known for acting in comedies as a "blonde bombshell." It made her one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s and early 1960s and was emblematic of the era's changing attitudes towards sexuality.
Long after her early death at age 36 from a possible suicide, she has continued to be a major pop culture icon. The American Film Institute ranked Monroe sixth on its list of the greatest female screen legends from Hollywood's Golden Age.
By 1953, she was one of Hollywood's most marketable stars; she had leading roles in the film "Niagara" (1953), "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" (1953), and "How to Marry a Millionaire" (1953), all films which established her star image. "The Seven Year Itch" (1955) was one of the biggest box office successes.
Subsequent roles included a critically acclaimed performance in "Bus Stop" (1956) and "The Prince and the Showgirl" (1957). In 1959 she won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in "Some Like It Hot" (1959), a critical success. Her final completed film was the drama "The Misfits" (1961).
November 18th, 2019
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