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February 18, 2015

28 Vintage Photos of Marilyn Monroe Give a Rare Insight into Her Real Life

While we see tons of pictures on the iconic blonde every day, these 28 photos give a rare insight into her real life...

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

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

1941: By 15, Marilyn's hair had darkened.

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

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

1948: Marilyn preps her skin with a skin brush before applying makeup.

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

1948: The actress posed for a portrait.

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

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

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

1950: Another photo from the backyard session.

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

1951: The actress styles her infamous curls.

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

1942: She poses with her co-star from the movie "Monkey Business."

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

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

1952: Marilyn posed for this pictured in her dressing room.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

1956: Marilyn blows out candles on her 30th birthday.


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