Marilyn Monroe 50th anniversary

Marilyn Monroe has been gone 50 years, but her iconic image lives on: The platinum blonde hair, the ruby red lips, the beauty mark, those curves, and the shimmering, body-clinging garments she covered them with. She starred in more than 30 movies, but what resonates today is her style, which appeals to a whole new generation of younger women. Her look is replicated by celebrities from Madonna to Lady Gaga, from Christina Aguilera to Gwen Stefani to Nicole Kidman to Rihanna to Lindsay Lohan.

  • This 1955 publicity photo shows actress Marilyn Monroe as the girl upstairs in director Billy Wilder's "The Seven Year Itch.". (AP Photo)

  • This January 1, 1947 photo, shows Monroe playing at the beach with her dog Ruffles. (AP Photo)

  • Monroe is pictured in this undated publicity photograph. REUTERS/American Movie Classics

  • This September 15, 1954 publicity photo shows Monroe during the “subway” scene of "The Seven Year Itch," filmed late in the evening on Lexington Avenue in New York City. It required several retakes in front of over two thousand gawking spectators and reporters. (AP Photo/Courtesy Running Press)

  • Monroe is shown in a scene from her 1953 film "How to Marry A Millionaire". REUTERS

  • Monroe is shown in a scene from her 1953 film "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes". REUTERS

  • Actors Marilyn Monroe and Tom Ewell are shown in a scene from their 1955 film "The Seven Year Itch". REUTERS

  • Monroe poses in the year 1959 for photographers at La Guardia Airport before flying to Chicago, for the presentation of her film "Some like it hot". AFP PHOTO

  • Actors Montgomery Clift, Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable are shown in this undated publicity photograph from their 1961 film "The Misfits", directed by John Huston. REUTERS

  • This Jan. 14, 1954 photo shows Joe DiMaggio baseball's famed "Yankee Clipper," and actress Marilyn Monroe smiling as they wait patiently in Judge Charles Perry's chambers for their marriage ceremony in San Francisco. (AP Photo)

  • This October 1956 publicity photo shows Monroe with her husband Arthur Miller in the final weeks of filming "The Prince and the Showgirl." (AP Photo/Courtesy Running Press)

  • This undated publicity photo shows Marilyn Monroe wearing the dress of "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes." (AP Photo/Courtesy Running Press)

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