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Probably the most celebrated of all actresses and models, Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jean Mortenson (1 June 1926 – 5 August 1962). After spending much of her childhood in foster homes, Monroe began a career as a model, which led to her first film contract in 1946. Her early roles were minor, but soon, her performances in "The Asphalt Jungle" and "All About Eve" were well received. She was praised for her comedic ability in such films as "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes", "How to Marry a Millionaire", "Some Like It Hot", "The Seven Year Itch" and many more, becoming one of Hollywood's most popular and glamorous performers. Marilyn made only 30 films in her lifetime, but her legendary and mystic allure will remain with film history forever. Now, having reached iconic status, she is ranked by the American Film Institute, as the sixth greatest female star of all time.