Today we wish a warm "Happy Birthday" to a woman who has surpassed "icon" status to become the stuff of Hollywood myth — Marilyn Monroe

While she was possibly the most photographed person on the planet in the 1950s, we're often shown the same images over and over. Now, we're not complaining when we see the classic pictures of her in a white dress over the subway grate, or smoking in a black turtleneck, or laughing happily with bright red lipstick — too often accompanied by the quote: "Well behaved women seldom make history" (something Ms. Monroe never once actually said). We just want to see more of the woman behind the beauty mark.

So today, on the birthday of this Hollywood legend, here are a few photos — some candid, some just forgotten — that give a better glimpse into Norma Jean Baker, Marilyn Monroe, and the actress who still captivates the world.     































































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