Celebrity tributes for Marilyn Monroe

It’s been 50 years since Hollywood actress, Marilyn Monroe was found dead in the bedroom of her Brentwood home, an event that shocked the world and sparked international headlines. Although her death, at the young age of 36, was ruled to be acute barbiturate poisoning and a probable suicide, some officials suspected accidental overdose or foul play, inspiring hotly debated conspiracy theories that continue to this day.

Her star power also continues to shine brightly. According to Forbes’ annual list of top deceased celebrity earners, Monroe generated $27 million last year, coming in third after Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley. CTV reports that the actress’ estate was purchased in 2010 by Authentic Brands Group and its partner, NECA. The company plans to upgrade Monroe offerings from trinkets to cosmetic lines, spas, salons and apparel.

She lives on, too, in the Twitterverse. Monroe tweets at nearly 54,000 followers from @marilynmonroe. Her digital presence also includes a website and Facebook page with more than 3.3 million fans.

Celebrity tributes

Matt LeBlanc, Lucy Liu, Carrie-Anne Moss, Kristin Kreuk, Lisa Kudrow, Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis reveal their feelings about Marilyn Monroe’s legacy on the 50th anniversary of the star’s death:

Monroe starred in a number of hit movies including Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Seven Year Itch and Some Like It Hot. She was often the subject of tabloid tattle, particularly in her marriages to Yankee baseball legend Joe DiMaggio and playwright Arthur Miller.