Put a camera in front of Marilyn Monroe, and she would sparkle brighter than those diamonds she sang about in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes." Need proof? Click through to see photos of Marilyn through the years.
Starlet Marilyn Monroe goes to the beach with her dog Ruffles.
An early photograph of Marilyn Monroe in the late 1940's, is inscribed by her to the photographer, Bill Burnside; "To Bill, Anything worth having is worth waiting for! Love Marilyn."
In this photo released by Christie's auction house, actress Marilyn Monroe is photographed on a Long Island beach by photographer Andre De Dienes.
Marilyn Monroe poses for the film "The Asphalt Jungle."
Marilyn Monroe was named Miss Cheesecake of 1951 by stars and stripes, a service paper as shown in this photo. (Apr. 17, 1951)
Marilyn Monroe smiles for the camera in this publicity photograph as Miss Health Foods. (Aug. 13, 1952)
Marilyn Monroe in 1953.
Marilyn Monroe wears the Moon of Baroda diamond for the promotion of "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," featuring Monroe singing "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend." Meyer Rosenbaum, the late president of Meyer Jewelry Company, received a thank you note from Miss Monroe for loaning the diamond: " To Meyer - Thanks for the chance to wear the Moon of Baroda - Marilyn Monroe."
Marilyn Monroe is seen in character in the 1953 movie "How to Marry a Millionaire."
Maj. Gen. William F. Dean, who was held in captivity for more than three years by the North Korean Communists, jokes with actress Marilyn Monroe, baseball great Joe Di Maggio, left, and comedian Bob Hope, right, at a party at Hope's home in Hollywood, Calif. (Dec. 15, 1953)
Hollywood star Marilyn Monroe sings to an audience of G.I.'s during the first show of her four-day tour of Korea. She is wearing her much-discussed low-cut purple cocktail dress about which she had told newsmen, "it's the only one I brought over that is suitable for the show". (Feb. 22, 1954)
Marilyn Monroe plays a saloon entertainer in this scene from the 1954 film "River of No Return."
Joe DiMaggio draws a big smile from his movie-star wife Marilyn Monroe at the El Morocco restaurant in Manhattan. The happy couple was dining with friends after Joe flew in from the west coast to join the "Mrs. Marilyn is in town" to make street scenes in Manhattan for her new picture, "The Seven Year Itch." (Sept. 12, 1954)
Marilyn Monroe poses over the updraft of New York subway grating while in character for the filming of "The Seven Year Itch" in Manhattan. (Sept. 9, 1954)
Tears well in the eyes of movie actress Marilyn Monroe as she faces reporters outside her home for the first time since she announced that she and her husband, Joe DiMaggio, were breaking up. (Oct. 6, 1954)
Marilyn Monroe checks her lines in a mirror at the photographic studio of her business partner, Milton Greene, in New York. Greene, a commercial photographer, says he is going to be vice president of the newly formed Marilyn Monroe Productions, Inc. (Jan. 28, 1955)
This image released by Julien's Auctions shows six color original vintage candid photographs printed in August of 1955. The images include Marilyn Monroe signing photographs and clowning for the camera.
Marilyn Monroe flashes a radiant smile behind microphones as she is questioned in Manhattan concerning a reported forthcoming marriage to playwright Arthur Miller. She confirmed that she will wed Miller. However, the actress and the 41-year-old playwright refused to pose for pictures together at the scene of the news conference.
Marilyn Monroe learns the English way to make a movie as her director and co-star, Sir Laurence Olivier, gives her advice in London on the set of "The Prince and the Showgirl," in which Monroe plays the part of an American show girl starring in a London musical in 1911. (Aug. 14, 1956)
Marilyn Monroe is made comfortable in a car by her husband, playwright Arthur Miller, following her release from Doctors Hospital in Manhattan. Monroe was hospitalized for a miscarriage and spent 10 days in the hospital. (Aug. 10, 1957)
Marilyn Monroe poses in a bathing suit, left, in 1947 at age 18 at the start of her carreer, and in a gown designed for her, right, in 1958 in the movie "Some Like It Hot."
Actress Marilyn Monroe poses for the photographers at La Guardia Airport before flying to Chicago for the presentation of her film "Some Like It Hot." (Mar. 23, 1959)
Marilyn Monroe stands for the camera in a wardrobe still for George Cukor's "Let's Make Love."
Actress Marilyn Monroe looks out from a car in this portrait. (Dec. 3, 1961)
This undated image made from video and provided by Julien's Auctions shows behind-the-scene footage of Marilyn Monroe on the set of her last fully produced feature film, "The Misfits," made in 1961 by John Huston.
Marilyn Monroe is shown on the set of the 1962 movie "Something's Got To Give." It was her last film.
Actress Marilyn Monroe poses for the camera while getting off a plane. (Jan. 1962)
Joe DiMaggio leans to kiss his ex-wife, Marilyn Monroe at Miami International Airport. DiMaggio is working with the New York Yankees at training camp at Fort Lauderdale, and Monroe was leaving for a trip to Mexico. (Feb. 21, 1962)
In this photo released by Christie's auction house, actress Marilyn Monroe is seen in a photograph by Burt Stern.
Director George Cukor talks with Marilyn Monroe in Hollywood on the set of "Something's Gotta Give," the unfinished American feature film starring Marilyn Monroe, Dean Martin and Cyd Charisse. (April 30, 1962)