Did you know..?
• She rose from a poverty-ridden childhood spent in orphanages and foster homes to become a Hollywood legend. After being discovered by a photographer while working in a munitions factory, she began a modelling career and was soon offered a number of film roles.
• Recognised for her comedic talent and blonde bombshell looks, Marilyn Monroe is portrayed here as the character, showgirl Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953).
• Monroe was married three times; to Jimmy Dougherty (1942-1946); Joe DiMaggio (1954) and Arthur Miller (1956-1961). Baseball legend Joe DiMaggio, sent fresh roses to her memorial site at Westwood Memorial Park in Los Angeles each week for 20 years, despite their marriage lasting only nine months.