10 Oct Marilyn Monroe
Dead: 5 August 1962
In: Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, Stati Uniti
She was an American actress, model, and singer.
Famous for playing comedic "blonde bombshell" characters, she became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s and early 1960s and was emblematic of the era's changing attitudes towards sexuality.
Although she was a top-billed actress for only a decade, her films grossed $200 million (equivalent to $2 billion in 2018) by the time of her unexpected death in 1962.
More than half a century later, she continues to be a major popular culture icon.
Monroe's troubled private life received much attention.
She struggled with substance abuse, depression, and anxiety.
Her second and third marriages, to retired baseball star Joe DiMaggio and playwright Arthur Miller, were highly publicized and both ended in divorce.
On August 4, 1962, she died at age 36 from an overdose of barbiturates at her home in Los Angeles.
Although Monroe's death was ruled a probable suicide, several conspiracy theories have been proposed in the decades following her death.