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American actress Marilyn Monroe (1926 - 1962) riding on a train from New York City to Warrensburg, New York in June 1949.
American actress Marilyn Monroe (1926 - 1962) riding on a train from New York City to Warrensburg, New York in June 1949.Archive Photos—Getty Images
American actress Marilyn Monroe (1926 - 1962) riding on a train from New York City to Warrensburg, New York in June 1949.
Monroe beachside during the 1940s.
Monroe playing with a Chihuahua in Beverly Hills, Calif., on May 17, 1950.
A rare (undated) photo of Monroe lounging in Griffith Park in Los Angeles.
In bare feet, Monroe plays in a grassy field, circa 1955.
Monroe relaxing at home.
A 1955 image of Monroe posing by a window.
Monroe at the Henrietta award party at the Club Del Mar.
Actress Marilyn Monroe gets ready to go see the play "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof" playfully applying her make up and Chanel No. 5 Perfume on March 24, 1955 at the Ambassador Hotel in New York City.
Actress Marilyn Monroe rests her eyes wearing a white fur coat on March 24, 1955 in New York City.
Monroe leans over the balcony of the Ambassador Hotel in March 1955 in New York City.
Monroe sits at a table in a restaurant in March 1955 in New York City.
Monroe reads a script for a Clifford Odets movie, Clash by Night, for movie producer Jerry Wald.
Monroe dabs on some of Coco Chanel's famous perfume while getting ready to go see Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. In a famous quote, when asked what she wore to bed, the screen siren answered, "Chanel No. 5, of course."
Monroe has a smoke while relaxing in New York City.
In a New York restaurant in 1955, Monroe immerses herself in a book while reclining on a cozy couch. While known for her dumb-blonde roles, she was in fact very well-read.
Actress Marilyn Monroe rides in the back of a car with Dick Shepherd on March 30, 1955 in New York City.
An image from a shoot early in Monroe's career, photographed in Griffith Park, Los Angeles, 1950.
Reporters hound Monroe on March 3, 1956 in Hollywood, Calif.
Monroe cracking a wide smile in 1956.
Monroe striking a pose circa 1952.
Carrying a book on the life of Abraham Lincoln, Marilyn Monroe tears herself away form it long enough to pose for photographers at Idlewild Airport just before she took off for Bement, Illinois.
In this undated image, Monroe reads at home.
Monroe snuggles into her fur coat to escape the icy winds at La Guardia airport in New York City in 1959.
Monroe poses over a Manhattan subway grate as the wind blows her white dress up, September 16, 1954, during the filming of Seven Year Itch.
Monroe steals the show again as she arrives wearing a slinky evening gown for the New York opening of Tennessee William's New Play, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof in March, 1955.
Monroe poses alongside Lauren Bacall, far left, and Humphrey Bogart at the premiere of How to Marry a Millionaire in 1953.
Monroe smokes on the set at the 20th Century Fox studios in 1954.
Monroe performs the famous musical number from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes in 1953.
Monroe in a nightgown on Oct. 14, 1954.
Monroe filming The Prince and the Showgirl in 1957.
Monroe smiles during a press conference at the Savoy Hotel in London in July 1956.
Monroe waits in New York City's Grand Central subway station in 1955.
In the early 1950s, Monroe mugs on the set of How to Marry a Millionaire with fellow actor David Wayne.
Monroe arriving nearly 2½ hours late for a ceremony marking in New York in 1957.
Monroe rehearsing for a performance at New York City's Madison Square Garden in 1955.
A cheered-up Monroe reads a get-well card from her then boyfriend, baseball legend Joe DiMaggio, after undergoing an operation in 1952.
In South Korea in 1954, Monroe poses with baseball players.
Monroe shooting The River of No Return in 1954.
Monroe poses in a bikini top circa 1955.
Monroe aboard the Million Dollar Special train in August 1953.
Monroe arrives at the premiere of There's No Business like Show Business in 1954.
Monroe on the set of All About Eve in 1950.
Monroe at her most sultry, circa 1953.
The bombshell chats with U.S. troops in South Korea in February 1954.
Marilyn Monroe getting out of a car.
Monroe in a seductive pose, circa 1954.
American actress Marilyn Monroe
Monroe in a polka-dot bikini, circa 1955.
Marilyn Makes Up
Monroe during a photo shoot in Los Angeles in August 1950.
Monroe during a photo shoot in Los Angeles in August 1950.
Monroe during a photo shoot in Los Angeles in August 1950.
In this undated image, Monroe chats in a dressing room at New York City's Madison Square Garden.
The star at a press conference in London's Savoy Hotel in 1956.
Marilyn Rides A Pink Elephant
The blonde bombshell circa 1951.
Marilyn Monroe with the Marines
Marilyn Monroe
Monroe signs a photo of herself, circa 1955.
Marilyn Monroe Sitting on Chair
Marilyn Monroe at NBC Studios
Marilyn Monroe Smiling
Marilyn Monroe, 1954
Marilyn Monroe Climbing Lifeguard Tower
Marilyn Monroe Standing by Young Man
Marilyn Monroe in Dressing Room
A bespectacled Monroe in 1954.
In South Korea, Monroe changes in a makeshift dressing room.
Marilyn Monroe Sitting in Bathing Suit
Photo of Marilyn Monroe
The actress in 1957 during her then husband Arthur Miller's trial on charges of contempt of Congress.
Actress Marilyn Monroe Attending March of Dimes Fashion Show
Marilyn Monroe
Monroe admiring the artwork at a New York City restaurant in 1955.
Monroe in a sweater and pants in 1955.
Monroe strikes a more nervous stance here.
On the set of Let's Make Love
On the set of Let's Make Love
Monroe's famous rendition of "Happy Birthday," which she sang to President John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden on May 19, 1962.
On the set of Let's Make Love
On the set of Let's Make Love
Marilyn Monroe is shown with her small white dog, Maf.
In this famous nude scene, her first for a film, Monroe takes a swim in Something's Got to Give, which was never completed because of Monroe's untimely death at the age of 36.
Monroe during the filming of The Misfits in 1961, in one of the final images of the actress before her death.
American actress Marilyn Monroe (1926 - 1962) riding on a train from New York City to Warrensburg, New York in June 1949
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