12 Rare Photos of Marilyn Monroe You’ve Never Seen Before

I’ve actually seen a few of these. It’s probably due to all of the picture books I have of Marilyn Monroe.


Even if you haven’t seen any of her movies, odds are you know something about Marilyn Monroe thanks to her standing in the pop culture canon. Born Norma Jean Mortenson in 1926, the actress—who would have been 89 years old today—quickly rose to become the world’s biggest sex symbol, thanks to her trademark platinum blonde hair, breathy voice, and killer curves.

Monroe is also often name-checked as a style icon, but perhaps it would be more fair to say that The Girl—her character in “The Seven Year Itch”—is truly the icon that should be referenced. A quick Google search reiterates that idea, as the first images that surface of Monroe are varied portrayals of the actress in that iconic white halter dress standing above a subway grate. Second to those images are photos in the other outfit we all reference: The hot pink dress and gloves accentuated by giant diamonds from 1953’s “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.”

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