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Who Is The Most Famous Marilyn In The World?

Updated June 3, 2021 409 votes 23 voters 7.8k views47 items

List RulesVote up all of the Marilyns you've heard of.

How many celebrities named Marilyn can you think of? The famous Marilyns below have many different professions, including notable actors named Marilyn, famous athletes named Marilyn, and even musicians named Marilyn.

Marilyn Monroe is certainly one of the most famous Marilyns on this list. One of the famous actresses named Marilyn, she is best known for appearing in such films as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and How to Marry a Millionaire. She is an iconic sex symbol and the quintessential blonde bombshell.

Another of the famous people with the first name Marilyn is Marilyn Manson. His albums include Portrait of an American Family, Antichrist Superstar, and Mechanical Animals. You may also recognize famous comedians named Marilyn, such as Marilyn Martinez. 

Did we forget one of your favorite famous people named Marilyn? Just add them to the list! Then be sure to vote up all of the famous Marilyns that you recognize.

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    Marilyn Monroe

    1926-06-01

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson; June 1, 1926 – August 4, 1962) was an American actress, model, and singer. Famous for playing comic "blonde bombshell" characters, she became one of the...  more

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    Marilyn Manson

    1969-01-05

    BirthplaceCanton, Ohio, United States of America

    Brian Hugh Warner (born January 5, 1969), known by his stage name Marilyn Manson, is an American singer, songwriter, actor, record producer, visual artist, author, and former music journalist. He is...  more

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    Marilyn McCoo

    1943-09-30

    BirthplaceJersey City, New Jersey, USA

    Marilyn McCoo (born September 30, 1943) is an American singer, actress, and television presenter, who is best known for being the lead female vocalist in the group The 5th Dimension, as well as...  more

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    Marilyn

    1962-11-03

    BirthplaceKingston, Jamaica

    Peter Robinson (born 3 November 1962, Kingston, Jamaica) better known as Marilyn, is a British/Jamaican pop singer and songwriter. He is most well known for his 1983 hit "Calling Your Name" and his...  more

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    Marilyn Horne

    1934-01-16

    BirthplaceBradford, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Marilyn Horne (born January 16, 1934) is an American mezzo-soprano opera singer. She specialized in roles requiring beauty of tone, excellent breath support, and the ability to execute difficult...  more

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    Marilyn Hickey

    1931-07-01

    BirthplaceOverland Park, Kansas

    Marilyn Hickey is an American Christian minister and televangelist who teaches Bible studies both nationally and internationally....  more
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    Marilyn Milian

    1961-05-01

    BirthplaceQueens, New York, USA

    Marilyn Milian (born May 1, 1961) is an American television personality, lecturer, and retired Florida Circuit Court judge who currently presides over the American courtroom television series The...  more
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    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Marilyn Michaels (born Marilyn Sternberg, February 26, 1943) is a comedian, singer, actress, impressionist, author, and composer....  more
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    Marilyn Miller

    1898-09-01

    BirthplaceEvansville, USA, Indiana, Center Township

    Marilyn Miller (born Mary Ellen Reynolds; September 1, 1898 – April 7, 1936) was one of the most popular Broadway musical stars of the 1920s and early 1930s. She was an accomplished tap dancer,...  more
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    Marilyn Buferd

    1925-01-30

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, United States of America

    Marilyn Buferd (January 30, 1925 – March 27, 1990) was crowned Miss America in 1946 after being crowned Miss California. She appeared in several minor films in the 1950s as well as several foreign...  more
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    BirthplaceDenver, Colorado, United States of America

    Marilyn Martinez (February 9, 1955 – November 3, 2007) was a Hispanic American stand up comedian and actress. She was a regular performer at The Comedy Store in Hollywood. She appeared in numerous...  more
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    Marilyn Burns

    1949-05-07

    BirthplaceUSA, Erie, Pennsylvania

    Marilyn Burns (born Mary Lynn Ann Burns; May 7, 1949 – August 5, 2014) was an American actress. While in high school, Burns made her film debut as a tour guide in Robert Altman's experimental comedy...  more
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    Marilyn Mazur

    1955-01-18

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Marilyn Mazur (born January 18, 1955) is a Danish percussionist, drummer, composer, vocalist, pianist, dancer, and bandleader. She was born in New York City and has lived in Denmark since age six....  more
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    Marilyn Sokol

    1937-06-02

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Marilyn Roberta Sokol is an American actress, comedian, teacher, singer and writer/director. She has won an Emmy Award, an Obie Award, and a Bistro Award....  more
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    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri

    Marilyn vos Savant (; born 1946) is an American magazine columnist, author, lecturer, and playwright. She was listed as having the highest recorded intelligence quotient (IQ) in the Guinness Book of...  more
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    Marilyn Vance is an American costume designer and filmmaker....  more
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    Marilyn Maxwell

    1921-08-03

    BirthplaceClarinda, Iowa, USA

    Marvel Marilyn Maxwell (August 3, 1921 – March 20, 1972) was an American actress and entertainer. A sex symbol of the 1940s and 1950s, she appeared in several films and radio programs, and...  more
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    Marilyn Hanold

    1938-06-09

    BirthplaceJamaica, New York City, New York, United States of America

    Marilyn Hanold (born June 9, 1938) is an American model and actress....  more
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    Marilyn Meseke

    1916-10-07

    BirthplaceOhio

    Marilyn Meseke (MESS-kee; October 7, 1916 – September 12, 2001) was an American beauty queen who had the distinction of being twice crowned Miss Ohio (1931 and 1938) and Miss America in 1938....  more
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    Marilyn Jones

    1940-02-17

    BirthplaceNewcastle, Australia

    For the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player, see Marilyn C. Jones.Marilyn Fay Jones OBE (born 17 February 1940) is an Australian dancer and teacher of dance. She has been described...  more
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    Marilyn Martin

    1954-05-04
    Marilyn Martin (born May 4, 1954) is an American singer and songwriter. She is best known for her 1985 hit duet with Phil Collins, "Separate Lives", her only Number 1....  more
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    Marilyn Chris

    1938-05-19

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, USA

    Marilyn Chris (born May 19, 1938, Brooklyn, New York) is an American actress, possibly best known as Wanda Webb Wolek on the ABC soap opera, One Life to Live....  more
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    Marilyn Torres

    1976-01-01

    BirthplaceCuba, Santiago de Cuba

    Marilyn Torres is an actress....
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    Marilyn Tokuda

    1953-01-07

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington, United States of America

    Marilyn Tokuda is an actress....  more
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    BirthplaceDenver, Colorado, United States of America

    Marilyn Elaine Van Derbur (born June 16, 1937) is the Miss Colorado 1957, 1958 Miss America pageant holder, author and motivational speaker.In 2011, she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award....  more