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21 Incredible Photos of Marilyn Monroe You've Never Seen Before  

Sarah Hatheway
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Marilyn Monroe continues to allure audiences, decades after her untimely death. And as these rare photographs of Marilyn Monroe prove, her one-of-a-kind charm shines through even in still images.

Born Norma Jeane Mortenson, the woman who would become Marilyn had a difficult childhood in Los Angeles. In her late teens, she began modeling as a pin-up girl, and Hollywood came knocking. Monroe's sultry beauty and signature breathy voice made her the ideal starlet for the era. But despite her onscreen success, Monroe's private life was anything but glittering; she struggled with depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. She died at the age of 36 following a drug overdose.

Marilyn Monroe pictures give a glimpse into the life of this complicated, fascinating woman. Here, you'll see her posing with leading men (including Marlon Brando, Clark Gable, and Laurence Olivier). You'll discover behind-the-scenes snapshots of Marilyn Monroe on set, filming favorites like Some Like It Hot and The Misfits. And you'll see candid shots of her with some of her famous partners, including Joe DiMaggio. Her appeal is clear in every frame.

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A Thoughtful Moment
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Sunbathing
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A Young Marilyn
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With Joe DiMaggio
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