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Happy birthday Miss Marilyn! Remember 7 of Monroe’s essential performance

Norma Jeane Mortenson was born 90 years ago today. She died just two months after her 36th birthday, but over three-and-a-half short decades, she became Marilyn Monroe — a sex symbol, fashion icon, and Hollywood legend. In honor of what would have been her 90th birthday, click the link in our bio to remember 7 of Marilyn’s best performances. 🌟💗

“We almost didn’t meet. I’d heard of Joe DiMaggio but I didn’t know much about him. I’ve never followed baseball…I was very tired the night of the date and asked if I could get out of it. But I’d promised. I had visualized him as having slicked back hair, wearing flashy sports clothes; with a New York line of patter…he had no line at all. No jokes. He was shy and reserved but, at the same time, rather warm and, friendly. I noticed that he wasn’t eating the food in front of him, that he was looking at me. Then the next thing I noticed was that I wasn’t tired anymore. Joe asked me to have dinner with him the next night. I had dinner with him that night, the next night, and every night until he had to leave for New York.” – Marilyn Monroe

“I spent a great deal of my life being ignored. I was always very happy that way. Being ignored is a great privilege. That is how I think I learnt to see what others do not see and to react to situations differently. I simply looked at the world, not really prepared for anything.” —Saul Leiter