Marilyn Monroe: June 1, 1926 - August 5, 1962

July 30, 2012 | Source: Monroe Gallery of Photography

Eric Skipsey - Marilyn Monroe with pet 'Maf Honey' (a gift from Frank Sinatra)
at the Beverly Hills Hotel, 1961

Sunday, August 5 is the milestone 50th anniversary of her death -- yet Marilyn is probably as big a superstar today as ever. Like Elvis Presley and James Dean, she died before her fans were ready to let go of her.

Marilyn Monroe's eternal beauty : "Marilyn Monroe may very well remain pop culture's reigning beauty queen into the next half-century."

Marilyn Monroe still an icon 50 years later

Marilyn Monroe's fame endures through pop culture, nearly 50 years after her death

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Events around Southern California marking the 50th anniversary of the death of Marilyn Monroe

To mark Marilyn Monroe's 50th death anniversary, PS Resorts announced a tribute concert set for 6:30 p.m. Aug. 5 at the site of the 26-foot-tall “Forever Marilyn.”

Collector marks the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s death with a straightforward compilation of her songs, from the sultry big band jazz of “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” to her sweetly wistful torch-gospel routine on 1954’s “River of No Return”.

Alfred Eisenstaedt ©Time Inc.
Marilyn Monroe, Hollywood, 1953

More: photos of Monroe at home by LIFE's Alfred Eisenstaedt

Marilyn Monroe Singing "Happy Birthday" to President John F. Kennedy,
Madison Square Garden, NY, 1962
©Bill Ray

Bill Ray remembers the evening Marilyn sang "Happy Birthday" to President John F. Kennedy.

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