Marilyn Monroe, born Norma Jeane Mortenson, was an American actress, model, and singer. Famous for playing comedic “blonde bombshell” characters, she became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s and early 1960s and was emblematic of the era’s changing attitudes towards sexuality.
Marilyn Monroe photos emerge for auction
Never-seen-before photos and footage of Marilyn Monroe wooing soldiers in the aftermath of the Korean War have emerged for sale. The whirlwind tour saw the star perform 10 shows over four days to more than 100,000 soldiers and marines who were celebrating the end of three years of combat in 1954. The rare images were bought by a collector in the 1990s direct from the military photographer and up until recently, had never been published. The photos will be up for auction at Heritage Auctions in Dallas on August 10. (HeritageAuctions/BNPS)
The mother of all peroxide blondes, Marilyn Monroe, blowing XOs
Forever, Norma Jeane Mortenson — Gone, But Never Forgotten!!!
LIFE: Rare early photos of Marilyn Monroe, Happy Birthday Norma Jeane Mortenson!!!
Here, on June 1, Marilyn Monroe’s birthday, LIFE.com presents a selection of LIFE photographer J. R. Eyerman’s rare photos of the young actress in 1949 as she studied with three coaches: bandleader Phil Moore (singing); dance instructor, and the ex-husband of the great Cyd Charisse, Nico Charisse (ballet); and a one-time European stage star, Natasha Lytess, who would serve as Monroe’s acting coach until the mid-1950s.
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Marilyn Monroe sings Happy Birthday to the President.
Norma Jeane Mortensen Baker (June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962) — May you find the peace in death that you could never find in life. God bless you.
Luck be a lady
Between his marriages to Ava and Mia, Sinatra had hundreds of rumored flings including, from top left, Kim Novak, Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall, Juliet Prowse, Judith Campbell Exner, and Gloria Vanderbilt.
Sinatra had thought about marrying Marilyn, just to save her.Photo: Getty Images
1954: American film star Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jean Mortenson or Norma Jean Baker, 1926 – 1962), relaxing on the grass in one of her over the shoulder poses. (Photo by Baron/Getty Images)