Marilyn Monroe poses over the updraft of New York subway grating while in character for the filming of “The Seven Year Itch” in Manhattan. (Matty Zimmerman / Associated Press)
In the 1956 drama “Bus Stop,” based on William Inge’s Broadway hit, Monroe played Cherie, a down-on-her-luck chanteuse who dreams of going to “Hollywood and Vine.” Don Murray played Beau, an exuberant, naive cowboy who pursues her.
“She was trying to prove she was a serious actress and not just a movie star playing bimbo parts,” said Murray, who earned an Oscar nomination as Beau. “She was trying to prove she was an actress of substance, and in my opinion she certainly did.” (Los Angeles Times archives)
In this 1953 publicity photo, Marilyn Monroe is shown on set in the film, “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.” Monroe is probably best remembered for her comic turns in this film. In 1985, Madonna paid homage to “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” in her “Material Girl” video. (Running Press / Associated Press)
Marilyn Monroe is shown wearing a knife-pleated gold lamé gown made from “one complete circle of fabric.” She wore this dress in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.” (Running Press / Associated Press)
Marilyn Monroe is seen performing in a scene from the film “There’s No Business Like Show Business” in 1954. In all, Monroe appeared in 23 motion pictures that grossed about $200 million. Sensual and seductive, but with an air of innocence, Monroe became one of the world’s most adored sex symbols. She died of a barbiturate overdose at age 36, alone in her Hollywood bungalow. (Archive Photos / Getty Images)
In this 1959 file photo provided by United Artists, Tony Curtis, left, and Marilyn Monroe are shown in “Some Like It Hot,” produced, directed and co-scripted by Billy Wilder. (Associated Press)