Of all the Golden Era Hollywood actresses, none have achieved the lasting influence and pop culture status of Marilyn Monroe. Though she lived to be only 36 years old, the multi-talented actress, model, and singer remains celebrated as a beauty icon and off-screen personality to this day.
Monroe starred in such films as “The Seven Year Itch” and “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” and was awarded a Golden Globe for her performance in the comedy “Some Like It Hot.” The blonde bombshell was rarely able to disassociate herself from her public persona as a sex symbol, and she repeatedly found herself typecast as a highly sexualized woman whose purpose was to seduce the male protagonist.
Marilyn Monroe’s film career was often obscured by her tumultuous love life. Monroe had three husbands, one of whom was Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Arthur Miller. Monroe and Miller’s marriage in 1956 was met with criticism and mockery, and it wasn’t long before their highly publicized relationship was on the rocks. The couple called it quits in 1961 after they finished working on John Huston’s “The Misfits,” which would be Monroe’s last film before she tragically died of a drug overdose in 1962.