Marilyn Monroe: 57 Hot Amateurs Bust Out Birthday Tributes [PICS]

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No woman embodied bombshell sex appeal with a girl-next-door approachability like Marilyn Monroe. Born Norma Jean Mortenson on June 1, 1926, Marilyn came to represent all that was glamorous and sexy in the 1950s and 60s. That her life was cut tragically short on August 5, 1962 only added to her mystique–and grew her legend even more. [photo via...]

In the very first issue of Playboy published in December, 1953, Marilyn appeared nude in the magazine, making her the very first Playmate of the Month. The photo came from a 1949 photo shoot, and is as iconic today as it was when it was first selected for publication by Hugh Hefner.

Her acting career, though short lived, produced some of the most memorable images of femininity ever put on film thanks to her roles in films like Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Some Like it Hot (1959), and of course, The Seven Year Itch (1955), which gave us what would become her most easily identifiable pose, desperately trying to keep her skirt from blowing up as she stands atop a subway grate…

Marilyn Seven Year Itch

This should be Marilyn Monroe’s 88th birthday as the Ultimate Great-GILF, and women still strive to meet her standard of beauty. Check out the aspiring amateurs below who are working their best looks for the camera–and then check out some hot and rare real Marilyn pics, or maybe some big-name sex symbols paying tribute to the star….

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