Marilyn Monroe is just as famous today as she was in the ’50s and ’60s. In fact, she’s still so popular that just saying the first name Marilyn conjures up her beautiful face and figure. There have been novels written about her by Joyce Carol Oates and the late Norman Mailer. There have also been screenplays and films based on her fame and her personal tragedies. Despite all that, people still can’t seem to figure out this larger-than-life celebrity who no one — not even Madonna — has managed to surpass. It seems the legend of Norma Jean (her real name) will never die.
Marilyn rose to fame in the ’50s and ’60s as America’s favorite actress and the world’s most beloved blonde. June 1st was her 89th birthday this year, and many people around the world paid her tribute. Here in the U.S., magazines began sifting through photos to come up with images of her that aren’t as widely known as the iconic ones (Marilyn in the white dress blowing up over the grate or posing in the pink Gentlemen Prefer Blondes gown).
Here are six never before seen photos of marilyn that show a different side — a more humorous side sometimes — of the Hollywood icon that we’re sure you haven’t seen before.