Norma Jeane Mortenson was born on June 1, 1926, in Los Angeles, California. Twenty years later, she adopted the name Marilyn Monroe, and catapulted to an unparalleled level of superstardom.
In her all too brief lifetime, Monroe seduced the world -- no small feat. And even over 50 years after her death, her iconic image remains emblazoned in our memories. Often in red lipstick.
Below is a brief visual tour through the vibrant life of Ms. Monroe -- largely removed from her movie roles. From staged pin-up photos to candid shots goofing around by the pool, the following images follow Monroe from her early forays into modeling to her reign as America's most renowned sex symbol. If there's one thing the 39 photos make abundantly clear: Monroe was not just famous, she was a star.
Get lost in the beauty of Marilyn Monroe below:
Correction: An earlier version of this post included a photo of Luana Lee accidentally. We have removed the image and regret the error.
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