28 Rare Photos of Marilyn Monroe You Must See

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28 Rare Photos of Marilyn Monroe You Must See
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Today marks the 52nd anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s death. The beloved actress is still celebrated today for her beauty and charismatic presence on screen. While we see tons of pictures on the iconic blonde every day, these 28 photos give a rare insight into her real life.

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  • 28 Rare Photos of Marilyn Monroe You Must See

    1927
    This photo shows Marilyn (born Norma Jeane Mortenson) at one year old.

  • 28 Rare Photos of Marilyn Monroe You Must See

    1931
    At five years old, she had the bright blonde hair that she would later become known for.

  • 28 Rare Photos of Marilyn Monroe You Must See

    1941
    By 15, Marilyn's hair had darkened.

  • 28 Rare Photos of Marilyn Monroe You Must See

    1942
    Her first marriage was to James Dougherty when she was 16 years old. It only lasted four years before she filed for divorce.

  • 28 Rare Photos of Marilyn Monroe You Must See

    1947
    She went back to blonde before taking this publicity shot for 20th Century Fox.

  • 28 Rare Photos of Marilyn Monroe You Must See

    1948
    The first Clarisonic? Marilyn preps her skin with a skin brush before applying makeup.

  • 28 Rare Photos of Marilyn Monroe You Must See

    1948
    The actress took a series of dance classes while preparing to be an actress.

  • 28 Rare Photos of Marilyn Monroe You Must See

    1948
    The actress posed for a portrait.

  • 28 Rare Photos of Marilyn Monroe You Must See

    1950
    Marilyn jokes around with two male friends in Los Angeles.

  • 28 Rare Photos of Marilyn Monroe You Must See

    1950
    Another portrait of Marilyn shows her in a white strapless dress.

  • 28 Rare Photos of Marilyn Monroe You Must See

    1950
    This photo was part of a session done in her agent's backyard.

  • 28 Rare Photos of Marilyn Monroe You Must See

    1950
    Another photo from the backyard session.

  • 28 Rare Photos of Marilyn Monroe You Must See

    1950
    Marilyn snuggles up to a puppy during her photo shoot.

  • 28 Rare Photos of Marilyn Monroe You Must See

    1951
    The actress styles her infamous curls.

  • 28 Rare Photos of Marilyn Monroe You Must See

    1951
    She clearly had an affinity for the two-piece bathing suits.

  • 28 Rare Photos of Marilyn Monroe You Must See

    1952
    She poses with her co-star from the movie "Monkey Business."

  • 28 Rare Photos of Marilyn Monroe You Must See

    1952
    This photo was shot inside the actress's home.

  • 28 Rare Photos of Marilyn Monroe You Must See

    1952
    Marilyn with photographer Earl Theisen at a party celebrating Ray Anthony's song "Marilyn."

  • 28 Rare Photos of Marilyn Monroe You Must See

    1952
    Marilyn posed for this pictured in her dressing room.

  • 28 Rare Photos of Marilyn Monroe You Must See

    1952
    This photo was also taken in her 20th Century Fox dressing room.

  • 28 Rare Photos of Marilyn Monroe You Must See

    1953
    Marilyn poses with Lauren Bacall and Betty Grable on the set of "How to Marry a Millionaire."

  • 28 Rare Photos of Marilyn Monroe You Must See

    1953
    Marilyn chats with co-stars Humphrey Bogart and Lauren at the premiere of their movie.

  • 28 Rare Photos of Marilyn Monroe You Must See

    1954
    While a cigarette can be spotted in many of the actress's photos, she is rarely seen actually smoking in pictures.

  • 28 Rare Photos of Marilyn Monroe You Must See

    1955
    Her pronounced cat eye is spotted in this photo, taken in the back of a car.

  • 28 Rare Photos of Marilyn Monroe You Must See

    1955
    This photo was taken inside of a restaurant where the actress was dining.

  • 28 Rare Photos of Marilyn Monroe You Must See

    1955
    This photo captures a moment of frustration during a costume fitting. Marilyn was to wear it on a pink elephant at a circus charity event, but it wouldn't fit.

  • 28 Rare Photos of Marilyn Monroe You Must See

    1955
    The photo was taken in a New York City subway station.

  • 28 Rare Photos of Marilyn Monroe You Must See

    1956 Marilyn blows out candles on her 30th birthday.

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1927
This photo shows Marilyn (born Norma Jeane Mortenson) at one year old.

Photo: Getty Images

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