Marilyn Monroe is a Hollywood icon who has defined much of what modern Hollywood stars strive for today. She was the ultimate “blonde bombshell” with effortless sexiness but never strayed from class and grace in a way that has made her legendary long after her tragic passing. In the beginning, Monroe was simply added to films for her sex appeal, but as her star rose in the ’50s there was no denying there was true talent to match her incredible looks. Although she passed away in 1962 at only 36 years old, her memory has been cemented in the entertainment industry forever through her many iconic roles and films. Reminisce on some of Hollywood’s best years with the 12 most popular Marilyn Monroe roles ranked:
12. There’s No Business Like Show Business
1954’s There’s No Business Like Show Business boasted a huge cast including Donald O’Connor, Ethel Merman, Johnnie Ray, Dan Dailey, Mitzi Gaynor and of course Marilyn Monroe. In the musical-comedy-drama, Monroe starred as Victoria Hoffman, and although she apparently wasn’t thrilled that she would have to test her singing and dancing skills against on-screen legends, it became one of her most notable roles. The role of Victoria Hoffman defined everything Hollywood wanted Monroe to be: innocent, yet also the sexy damsel, and while she knocked the role out of the park, it didn’t exactly test her talents.