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Marilyn Monroe: 50 years gone, 5 pictures of beauty

A half century may have come and gone but the world still remembers Hollywood’s blonde bombshell.

FANS OF NORMA Jeane Mortenson will know the significance of today’s date.

They’ll also remember her by the more familiar name of Marilyn Monroe.

Fifty years ago today, the body of the 36-year-old Hollywood icon was found in her house in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles.

Immortalised in an instant, her star has shown no sign of waning in the half century that has passed. Neither has her star power, with Forbes listing her as the third highest-earning deceased celebrity.

Here are five pictures of Marilyn at her best:

Marilyn Monroe: 50 years gone, 5 pictures of beauty
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    Playing at the beach with her dog Ruffles on 1 January 1947. (AP Photo, File)
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    With Joe DiMaggio (her second of three husbands), as she arrives at the theatre on 2 June 1955. (AP Photo, File)
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    Leaving New York by air for Hollywood on 7 July 1958, to start work on the film Some Like It Hot. (AP Photo, File)
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    In New York. (AP Photo, File)
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    Mimicking Betty Grable's famous World War II pin-up pose. (AP Photo, File)

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