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Marilyn Monroe honored 50 years after death

August 5, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Fans of Marilyn Monroe flocked to the Hollywood icon's gravesite Sunday, the 50th anniversary of her death.

Monroe, born Norma Jean Mortenson, started her career as a model and shot to stardom when she entered the acting world. She is best known for her roles in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" and "Some Like It Hot."

In the decades since her death, Monroe is still one of the most chronicled in books, movies and fashion. Her raspy voice and curvaceous figure live on.

Monroe died of an overdose in her Brentwood home. She was just 36 years old. Fans say the quintessential American sex symbol will continue to be a muse for glamour and fashion in generations to come.

"To me she's a great actress, first of all, and I think she should be recognized as a proper actress still after 50 years," said fan Stany Van Wijmeersch of Belgium, visiting Monroe's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. "She's just more than a blonde bombshell."