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Marilyn Monroe: Her Most Iconic Looks

Sunday marks the 50th anniversary of the passing of Marilyn Monroe. At the time of her death at the age of 36, Marilyn was one of the most famous women in the world and the definition of the word "bombshell." (Seriously, she reached sex symbol status only imaginable if Angelina Jolie and Scarlett Johansson became one super-human.) In the intervening decades, Marilyn's influence as a cultural icon hasn't wavered.

Born Norma Jeane Mortenson (a redhead!) in 1926, Marilyn's early life was troubled. With her father absent and her mother suffering from mental illness, she bounced around foster homes until marrying a marine at 16. She was 20 years old when she signed a contract to become an actress for 20th Century Fox, dyeing her hair to that now-signature platinum shade and changing her named to Marilyn Monroe.

She exploded into international celebrity in the early '50s with films like How to Marry a Millionaire and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, before starring in classics like The Seven Year Itch and Some Like It Hot, roles that would forever associate the actress with her onscreen "dumb blonde" persona. Despite her beauty, fame and success, Marilyn was plagued with personal issues that included three failed marriages and drug problems that would lead to her untimely death,

Perhaps just as important as her film career is her status as a style icon. Marilyn's image has influenced stars like Scarlett Johansson, Madonna and Michelle Williams, who was nominated for an Oscar for her portrayal of the star in My Week With Marilyn. Click through the slideshow to see ten of Marilyn's best style moments.

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Marilyn got her start as a model in the mid-1940s, frequently posing for pin-up magazines.

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Always the bombshell, Marilyn went up to bat for a 20th Century Fox Studio baseball game in heels.

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Donning a hot pink gown and dripping in jewels, Marilyn represented gold diggers everywhere with her performance of "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

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For her surprise wedding to Yankees center fielder Joe DiMaggio in 1954, Marilyn chose a simple black suit with white mink trim.

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The star dazzled troops in Korea in a form-fitting glittery dress.

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The most iconic moment of the star's career came during the filming of 1955's The Seven Year Itch. The image of Marilyn, standing over a subway grate while her white halter dress billows around her, caused an international sensation—and even contributed to the demise of her marriage to DiMaggio.

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In her private life, Marilyn favored more modest looks than the ones she wore as part of her bombshell public image.

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Looking like the perfect '50s housewife with her third husband, playwright Arthur Miller.

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To play a divorcée in the western drama The Misfits, Marilyn was often seen wearing a joutfit—but she managed to glam it up for the film, too.

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Just three months before she died, Marilyn sang "Happy Birthday" for John F. Kennedy. Her breathy rendition of the song, coupled with her nude rhinestone gown (which was so tight she reportedly had to be sewn into it), launched rumors she was having an affair with the president.

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