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40 Rare Photos of Marilyn Monroe You've Probably Never Seen

Here, Gladys Baker holds her daughter, Norma. She took the baby to her first foster home when she was only two weeks old. She visited Nor...

Here, Gladys Baker holds her daughter, Norma. She took the baby to her first foster home when she was only two weeks old. She visited Norma and even lived with her daughter briefly before Gladys was hospitalized for a time due to paranoid schizophrenia. She would be in and out of hospitals for most of her life.

Six-month-old Norma is seen in what's likely her first formal portrait.

Norma posed here at two years old. It was during this time she was living with her first set of foster parents.

Norma's mom, Gladys, visited her daughter frequently during the early years.

Norma's beautiful smile is revealed in this portrait when she's five years old.

Norma loved dogs and often had dogs throughout her life, including during her last days.

Norma is stylishly dressed for this formal portrait.

Norma (center) is seen on an outing with two friends.

Norma did see extended family members at times. Here, they're at a restaurant with Norma on the far right, center.

Norma married merchant marine, Jimmy Dougherty, when she was 16 years old. The marriage lasted until 1946.

Here, Norma models for a hair products advertisement.

Newly signed with 20th Century Fox, Norma began a whirlwind of publicity shoots. She adopted her new stage name after a popular first name of the time and her mother's maiden name, Monroe.

Marilyn began the transformation from all-American charmer to screen siren in this swimsuit shot staged by the studio.

Marilyn put in long hours learning her trade.

Marilyn learned to apply makeup to create a very specific screen persona for herself.

This portrait shows Marilyn in all her loveliness before her first movie appearance.

Marilyn always wanted to be taken seriously as an actress. Here, she's at an audition for a play. This same year, she received attention for her small role in John Huston's crime drama, The Asphalt Jungle and also impressed audiences and critics when she appeared in All About Eve, with Bette Davis.

Marilyn's career began to skyrocket in the early '50s with her roles in Niagara (1953), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), How to Marry a Millionaire (1953), and There's No Business Like Show Business (1954). She soon became a household name and an international sex symbol.

Marilyn laughed with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall at the premiere of How to Marry a Millionaire.

Marilyn left her hand and footprints in the cement at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles. She's accompanied by Jane Russell, her co-star in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

Marilyn had fans of all ages. Here, she signs for a young boy at the Grauman's event.

Marilyn attended a holiday party at Bob Hope's house. She's surrounded by Hope, General William Dean (who had addressed the U.S. troops in Korea the night before on Hope's show), and baseball great Joe DiMaggio, who will soon become Marilyn's second husband.

Marilyn married Joe DiMaggio in January. They're coming out of the courthouse where the ceremony was held.

Later that year, the couple would divorce.

Marilyn visited the troops in Korea during the Korean War. As you would imagine, her presence was celebrated by service members and the press alike.

Tired of being typecast as a dumb blond, Marilyn moved to New York City to study at the Actor's Studio. Here, Marilyn is holding her little white dog, Maf.

Marilyn appeared introspective in this candid shot in her New York hotel room.

Marilyn accepted flowers from Jack Warner, president of Warner Brothers, after Warner announced that Marilyn would star in a new film.

Marilyn blew out the candle on her cake to celebrate her milestone birthday.

Marilyn married Arthur Miller, a famous playwright best known for his Pultizer-award-winning play, Death of a Salesman.

After the wedding, Marilyn met Miller's parents in Connecticut.

The newlyweds traveled together to London, where Marilyn was slated to start her latest film.

Marilyn was signed to star in The Prince and the Showgirl (1957) with Laurence Olivier, who also directed and produced the film. Unfortunately, her erratic behavior on set caused tension with the cast and crew. The film received mixed reviews.

Marilyn returned to her most successful genre, romantic comedy, in the huge hit, Some Like it Hot. Here, she's with director Billy Wilder at a press conference for the film. She won a "Best Actress in a Comedy" Golden Globe for her role.

Marilyn was the guest of honor at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Time-Life Building in New York City. She's lighting the giant firecracker with a giant match.

Film photographers set up a shot for Marilyn and her co-stars Clark Gable and Montgomery Clift during the shooting of The Misfits. The screenplay was written by her husband, Arthur Miller. It was Marilyn's last completed film.

Marilyn cuddled with a small dog on the set during the filming of The Misfits. Her marriage to Miller dissolved later this year and was finalized in early 1961.

Marilyn struggled with depression and prescription drug addiction, and in February 1961, she was admitted to a psychiatric hospital in New York for "exhaustion." Her ex-husband DiMaggio helped get her released.

Marilyn serenaded John F. Kennedy for his 45th birthday with her now-iconic rendition of "Happy Birthday." She was sewn into her stunning, shimmering gown adorned with more than 2,500 rhinestones.

On August 5, 1962, Marilyn died in her Los Angeles home just months after her 36th birthday. Empty bottles of prescription medications were found in the room, with her death ruled a "probable suicide." Despite her complex history, Marilyn has remained a beloved icon of beauty, style, and enduring sex appeal around the world. To this day, she has no equal.

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