The Enduring Allure of Marilyn Monroe

By Charmaine Gooden

Marilyn Monroe died half a century ago this weekend. Her death remains one of the biggest mysteries in Hollywood’s history. In fact, FBI files regarding her are missing.

Monroe’s life and persona has been used in film, television, music, the arts and by other celebrities.

Michelle Williams is the latest actress to portray Marilyn Monroe in the new film My Week With Marilyn. Williams has received rave reviews for her performance and, by all accounts, she gives a convincing portrayal of the troubled star. But Michelle isn’t the first (and certainly won’t be the last) actress to portray Ms. Monroe on the big and small screen. From sensational biopics to magazine cover shoots, here are actresses who tried to take on Marilyn.