Marilyn Monroe - ‘The candle burned out long before, the legend ever did’

50 years after her mysterious death in 1962, Marilyn Monroe’s influence today is still more vibrant than ever. Everywhere you look you can see that her culture phenomenon still lives on! Just flick through any magazine and you are bound to see somebody famous having a "Marilyn” moment.

Singers Gwen Stefani, Christina Aguilera, Madonna and Lady Gaga have all incorporated her signature looks and style into their own. Taylor Swift was recently seen wearing a white halter-style dress, on the red carpet, exactly like the one Marilyn wore all those years ago. The original dress from her movie ‘The Seven Year Itch’ sold at auction last year for an incredible $5.6 million.

The list of actresses and celebrities who have imitated her are endless; Scarlett Johansson, Charlize Theron, Marlene Dietrich, Nicole Kidman and of course Michelle Williams who earned herself an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Monroe in ‘My Week With Marilyn’.

So how did it all begin? Norma Jeane Mortenson was working on an assembly line at a Los Angeles aeronautical plant, when a visting photographer noticed a stunning brunette and took a snapshot of her. Within months she had became a successful model and secured a screen test with 20th Century Fox. In 1946 her hair become a platinum shade of blonde and her name was changed to Marilyn Monroe.

She studied with Lee Strasberg at ‘The Actor’s Studio’, who would later refer to her as one of two students that stood out from the rest. The other was Marlon Brando. Audiences loved her! The ‘Blonde Bombshell’, as she became known, went on to make smash movie hits like ‘How To Marry A Millionaire’, ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’, ‘The Seven-Year Itch’ and ‘Some Like It Hot’. She received a Golden Globe award for her performance in ‘Some Like It Hot’ and a Golden Globe nomination for her performance in ‘Bus Stop’.

Marilyn Monroe left behind a legacy that has made her into one of the world’s extraordinary fashion icons. She inspired artists like Elton John who wrote his beautiful song "Candle In The Wind’ after her and Andy Warhol who produced his timeless pop art print of her. On Facebook, Marilyn has three million-plus fans and 53,000 Twitter followers.

Marilyn’s most famous quotes

"What do I wear in bed? Why, Chanel No. 5, of course”

"We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle.”

"If I’d observed all the rules, I’d never have got anywhere.”

"Beneath the makeup and behind the smile I am just a girl who wishes for the world.”

"If you’re gonna be two-faced at least make one of them pretty.”

"If you can make a girl laugh, you can make her do anything.”

"Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.”