On this day in 1926, an icon was born. Today we celebrate the birthday of Marilyn Monroe, arguably the most popular and impactful actress of all time. Her too-brief career (highlighted by roles in such legendary offerings as Some Like It Hot, The Prince and the Showgirl, The Seven Year Itch, and The Misfits), highly scrutinized personal life and untimely death have forever ingrained her in the annals of popular culture. As we reflect upon her various performances and continue to remember the work she leaves behind, we encourage you to share your thoughts on Monroe in the comments below. To wrap up our commemoration of the sensational starlet’s birthday, here’s Elton John’s musical tribute to Marilyn Monroe, “Candle in the Wind.”
Happy birthday, Norma Jean.