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Marilyn Monroe embodied the glamour of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Born in 1926, she experienced turmoil in both her personal and professional lives, but despite it all, she still used her undeniable charm and style to skyrocket herself to stardom and become an icon many still emulate. Here’s a look back on the actress’s most glamorous moments throughout her career.
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Greeting guests at her Englefield Green estate in England, 1956.
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Serving ultra glam at a photo shoot in Los Angeles, 1953.
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Emerging from a car for the premiere of Walter Lang’s movie There’s No Business Like Show Business, 1954.
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Getting intimate with a carpet while using a white fur stole as a pillow, 1955.
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Playing baseball in high heels at 20th Century Fox Studio, 1952.
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Making eyes at French actor Yves Montand at a press conference for Let’s Make Love, 1960.
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Making summer look classy in a two-piece polka dot bathing suit (and heels), 1951.
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Posing in a red halter jumpsuit, 1954.
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Having tea with Sir Laurence Olivier at a press conference for The Prince and the Showgirl in England, 1956.
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Enjoying the comforts of a Thunderbird convertible with new husband Arthur Miller in New York City, 1956.
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Arriving at New York International Airport (now known as LaGuardia), 1961.
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Smiling in her sequins after winning the Henrietta award at the Golden Globes in Los Angeles, 1962.
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Having a moment with these dangling rhinestone earrings, ~1950s.
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Waving to fans at the premiere of Some Like It Hot, 1959.
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Chilling on her patio in California, 1953.
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Catching up on her beauty sleep in a white fur coat in New York City, 1955.
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Hosting a press party at her home in Los Angeles, 1956.
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Reacting to her win at the Star of Tomorrow Awards in Los Angeles, 1952.
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Attending a party in her honor at the Beverly Hills Hotel, 1958.
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Getting friendly with a bottle of Chanel No. 5 perfume at the Ambassador Hotel in New York City, 1955.
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Killing it in another glamour portrait (yes, that’s a lamé dress), ~1950s.
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Taking in the sights of the Pacific Ocean, 1951.
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Balancing lipstick and cleavage for a glamour portrait, 1952.
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Making a nap look chic and sparkly, 1953.
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Getting to know a fur wrap, 1953.
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Showing off her signature red lips in a portrait, 1952.
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Filming a scene for John Huston’s The Misfits in Nevada, 1960.
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Hanging out on her Hollywood patio again, 1953.
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Attending the Los Angeles premiere of Some Like It Hot with co-star Tony Curtis, 1959.
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Dancing alone on the set of The Prince and the Showgirl in the U.K., 1956.
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