She might be dead for over fifty years but this girl still makes headlines...

 Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962) was an American actress, model, and singer, who became a major sex symbol  starring in a number of commercially successful motion pictures during the 1950s and early 1960s.

Monroe was hyper aware of her persona, and her friends sometimes commented on how different she was when she wasn't "in character." Author Truman Capote once found her gazing into a mirror and asked what she was doing, to which she replied, "Looking at her." And Monroe's "Misfits" co-star Eli Wallach recalls walking around NYC with her, saying, "Nobody noticed who she was because she was just being herself — suddenly her walk, attitude and appearance would change and in moments everyone would be ogling her and asking for autographs. 'I just wanted to be Marilyn Monroe for a moment,' she said."

Marilyn was the second woman to head her own production company. Mary Pickford was the first.

    The skin-tight dress Monroe wore while singing "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" at John F. Kennedy's 1962 birthday bash sold at auction for $1,267,500 in 1999, making it the most expensive item of clothing ever sold at the time. The white dress she wore during "The Seven Year Itch" eventually fetched 5.6 million at a 2011 auction.

    Marilyn died having become a million-dollar movie star. In 1962 initially fired by Twentieth-Century Fox from the production of "Something’s Got to Give" because of her chronic lateness and no-shows, she was rehired by Fox, Aug. 1 just four days before her death, on a $1million, two-picture deal.

    When Monroe died, the New York Times reported that suicides in the city skyrocketed, reaching a then-record high of 12 in just one day. "If the most wonderful, beautiful thing in the world has nothing to live for, then neither must I," wrote one of the victims in a suicide note.

    The Anna Freud Centre, a child therapy clinic in Hampstead, north London, owns the remaining 25 percent of Marilyn Monroe’s estate. The center was left its share by Dr Marianne Kris, one of Marilyn’s therapists, and the original beneficiary of her will.

    Many of Marilyn’s friends believed she was murdered. Potential suspects included Robert Kennedy, John F. Kennedy, Sam Giancana, the FBI, the CIA and her psychiatrist, Ralph Greenson.

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