Marilyn Monroe was a worldwide icon in an era when that truly meant something. The glamorous Hollywood star was not only beautiful, but she was also romantically linked to some of the most admired men of her time. When Marilyn Monroe died at just 36 years old, it shocked the world.
Monroe had married the legendary playwright Arthur Miller — before tying the knot with baseball god Joe DiMaggio. She was friends with Frank Sinatra, and had a sultry affair with John F. Kennedy. Monroe naturally positioned herself as a powerful woman that men of power needed by their side.
But it was her on-screen talent that brought her to the proverbial table. Monroe’s skirt blowing in the wind in The Seven Year Itch is plastered across vintage Hollywood cafes to this day. And her comedic turn in Some Like it Hot turned standard fare into a timeless classic.
She even sang “Happy Birthday” in front of an awestruck crowd to the President of the United States. Then, suddenly, the magnetic star was dead. It was August 1962, and everybody wondered: How did Marilyn Monroe die?