Marilyn Monroe, original name Norma Jeane Mortenson, (born June 1, 1926, Los Angeles, California, U.S. – died August 5, 1962, Los Angeles, California, U.S.) was an American actress, singer, and model, who became one of the most popular sex symbols.
Famous for her look, Monroe starred in several commercially successful films. Most notable are Niagara (1953), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), How to Marry a Millionaire (1953), The Seven Year Itch (1955), Bus Stop (1956), and Some Like It Hot (1959).
For her work in Some Like It Hot (1959), she won a Golden Globe for Best Actress.
Decades after her death, Marilyn Monroe continues to be considered a major cultural icon.