An icon the world over, Marilyn Monroe (aka Norma Jeane Mortenson) will forever be part of not just Hollywood folklore, but popular culture as well. From starting out as an unknown model, to emerging as an actress, then singer and evolving into the public conscious as a sex symbol – she became synonymous with style, glamour, charm and towards the end of her life, controversy.
Make no mistake, there we two sides to her persona, exposed brilliantly in the movie My Week With Marilyn – but by and large, she was an intoxicating mix of charm & glamour – women the world over aspired to be like her whilst men aspired to be with her.
“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”
― Marilyn Monroe
We’ve traveled the far corners of the interwebs to bring you 40 vintage photos of the lady herself, from the rare to the famous and everything in between. A true peek into the life and times of one of the worlds most revered and celebrated women.