The Ultimate Beauty?

Star of Some Like it Hot, Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend, Bus Stop and Gentleman Prefer Blondes, Monroe set the film world alight. Born in Los Angeles to a troubled family, the temptress found her home in the star studded Hollywood hills becoming a major sex symbol alongside an actress, model and singer.

A Successful Start

Just before the 1950s Monroe landed various modelling contracts which led onto a film part with Twentieth Century Fox. The part, although small, got Monroe noticed and by the early 50s Monroe had caused a stir. Her acting and gorgeous looks had drawn attention from both critics and the general public and Monroe was on the way to becoming a huge star. The early part of her career consisted of mostly ‘Dumb Blonde’ roles and the star was limited by type casting. After various similar roles Monroe decided to break the mould and made a conscious effort to take on unconventional, unusual roles.

Starring in Bus Stop (1956) Monroe shook her stereotype and was met with critical acclaim receiving a Golden Globe nomination. Kick starting her career the star began acting and producing with Marilyn Monroe Productions, creating films such as The Prince and The Showgirl, Some Like It Hot and The Misfits. All films received a warm reception alongside nominations for BAFTA, David di Donatello and Golden Globes.

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Such success has seen Monroe named as the Sixth-Greatest Female Star of All Time by The American Film Institute, the number 1 Sexiest Woman of All Time by The TV Guide Network, as well as a pop and cultural icon and quintessential American sex symbol.

Later Life

The star’s later life was sadly not as successful as her early years marrying and divorcing three times and suffering both mental and physical illness. Explaining in her autobiography, Monroe said, ‘My marriages didn’t make me sad, but it didn’t make me happy either. My husband and I hardly spoke to each other. This wasn’t because we were angry. We had nothing to say. I was dying of boredom.’

Her whirlwind life has never failed to captivate and excite audiences, both in the 1950s and today, and there are many different ways to commemorate her early death. A range of t-shirts are available to purchase in a rainbow of colours and styles. Some feature the Warhol style pop art colour, others a simple image of her face and some more decorative types featuring stars, stripes and bright prints. All celebrate her success within Hollywood’s singing and acting circuit and worldwide sex symbol status.

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