Marilyn Monroe

1926 - 1962

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Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson; June 1, 1926 – August 4, 1962) was an American actress, singer, and model. Famous for playing comedic "blonde bombshell" characters, she became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s and early 1960s, as well as an emblem of the era's sexual revolution. She was a top-billed actress for a decade, and her films grossed $200 million (equivalent to $2 billion in 2021) by the time of her death in 1962. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Marilyn Monroe has received more than 44,451,149 page views. Her biography is available in 183 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 178 in 2019). Marilyn Monroe is the 2nd most popular actor, the 8th most popular biography from United States (up from 9th in 2019) and the most popular Actor.

Marilyn Monroe is most famous for her time as a movie star. She starred in many films, including Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Some Like It Hot, and The Seven Year Itch.

Memorability Metrics

  • 44M

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  • 85.04

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 183

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 9.47

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 6.56

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates audiobook review – an imagined life of Marilyn Monroe
Jayne Atkinson resists the cliches of the film star’s breathy voice in a tough, fictionalised tale of abuse and fameBlonde begins with a hallucinatory prologue in which Death takes the form of a bicycle messenger threading his way through traffic to an addres…
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Studio Execs Didn't Understand What They Had On Their Hands With Marilyn Monroe
Today, Marilyn Monroe is recognized as the ultimate movie star. She was a beautiful, media darling with a rags-to-riches story and boatloads of talent, all of which made audiences (and fellow celebrities) fall head over heels in love with her. Throughout the …
Blonde Director Andrew Dominik Kept Ana De Armas From Showing One Specific Emotion As Marilyn Monroe
How did Ana de Armas manage to channel Hollywood's most iconic starlet in "Blonde," Netflix's new movie about Ana de Armas? The actress is known for her roles in a variety of films, from the murder mystery "Knives Out," where she plays characters with a knack…

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Among actors, Marilyn Monroe ranks 2 out of 9,996Before her are Charlie Chaplin. After her are Sylvester Stallone, Grace Kelly, Alain Delon, Bruce Lee, Al Pacino, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Audrey Hepburn, Robert De Niro, Anthony Hopkins, and Brigitte Bardot.

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Among people born in 1926, Marilyn Monroe ranks 2Before her is Elizabeth II. After her are Fidel Castro, Michel Foucault, Ingvar Kamprad, Alfredo Di Stéfano, Jiang Zemin, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, Leslie Nielsen, Miles Davis, Sathya Sai Baba, and Dario Fo. Among people deceased in 1962, Marilyn Monroe ranks 1After her are Hermann Hesse, Niels Bohr, Adolf Eichmann, Eleanor Roosevelt, William Faulkner, Karen Blixen, Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, Lucky Luciano, Georges Bataille, Yves Klein, and Arthur Compton.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Marilyn Monroe ranks 8 out of 18,182Before her are Thomas Jefferson (1743), Muhammad Ali (1942), Jimmy Carter (1924), Edgar Allan Poe (1809), Steve Jobs (1955), and Abraham Lincoln (1809). After her are Neil Armstrong (1930), Sylvester Stallone (1946), Grace Kelly (1929), Ulysses S. Grant (1822), Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882), and Malcolm X (1925).

Among ACTORS In United States

Among actors born in United States, Marilyn Monroe ranks 1After her are Sylvester Stallone (1946), Grace Kelly (1929), Bruce Lee (1940), Al Pacino (1940), Robert De Niro (1943), Marlon Brando (1924), Clint Eastwood (1930), James Stewart (1908), Morgan Freeman (1937), Danny DeVito (1944), and Patrick Swayze (1952).

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