• 1927 This photo shows Marilyn (born Norma Jeane Mortenson) at one year old.
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  • 1931 At five years old, she had the bright blonde hair that she would later become known for.
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  • 1941 By 15, Marilyn's hair had darkened.
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  • 1942 Her first marriage was to James Dougherty when she was 16 years old. It only lasted four years before she filed for divorce.
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  • 1947 She went back to blonde before taking this publicity shot for 20th Century Fox.
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  • 1948 The first Clarisonic? Marilyn preps her skin with a skin brush before applying makeup.
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  • 1948 The actress took a series of dance classes while preparing to be an actress.
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  • 1948 The actress posed for a portrait.
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  • 1950 Marilyn jokes around with two male friends in Los Angeles.
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  • 1950 Another portrait of Marilyn shows her in a white strapless dress.
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  • 1950 This photo was part of a session done in her agent's backyard.
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  • 1950 Another photo from the backyard session.
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  • 1950 Marilyn snuggles up to a puppy during her photo shoot.
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  • 1951 The actress styles her infamous curls.
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  • 1951 She clearly had an affinity for the two-piece bathing suits.
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  • 1952 She poses with her co-star from the movie "Monkey Business."
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  • 1952 This photo was shot inside the actress's home.
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  • 1952 Marilyn with photographer Earl Theisen at a party celebrating Ray Anthony's song "Marilyn."
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  • 1952 Marilyn posed for this pictured in her dressing room.
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  • 1952 This photo was also taken in her 20th Century Fox dressing room.
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  • 1953 Marilyn poses with Lauren Bacall and Betty Grable on the set of "How to Marry a Millionaire."
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  • 1953 Marilyn chats with co-stars Humphrey Bogart and Lauren at the premiere of their movie.
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  • 1954 While a cigarette can be spotted in many of the actress's photos, she is rarely seen actually smoking in pictures.
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  • 1955 Her pronounced cat eye is spotted in this photo, taken in the back of a car.
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  • 1955 This photo was taken inside of a restaurant where the actress was dining.
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  • 1955 This photo captures a moment of frustration during a costume fitting. Marilyn was to wear it on a pink elephant at a circus charity event, but it wouldn't fit.
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  • 1955 The photo was taken in a New York City subway station.
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  • 1956 Marilyn blows out candles on her 30th birthday.
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28 Rare Photos of Marilyn Monroe You Must See


28 Rare Photos of Marilyn Monroe You Must See

Today marks the 52nd anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s death. The beloved actress is still celebrated today for her beauty and charismatic presence on screen. While we see tons of pictures on the iconic blonde every day, these 28 photos give a rare insight into her real life.

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