Marilyn Monroe Milestones: 15 of the Icon's Biggest Pop Culture Moments
8:48 PM PDT 8/3/2012 by THR Staff
Though the 50 years since her death eclipse her brief career nearly three times, the screen legend remains a Hollywood touchstone. From biopics to booze ads, THR looks back at her lasting impression in film, television and commercials.
Michelle Williams didn't seem like the most natural choice for the 2011 Monroe biopic of sorts, but her uncanny transformation earned her an Oscar nomination.
Monroe comparisons have followed actress Lindsay Lohan since she made her transition from child star. In 2008, she acknowledged her physical similarities, quite nakedly, with a New York Magazine pictorial.
For its own anniversary in 2012 (65 years), the Cannes Film Festival chose an image of Monroe blowing out candles on a cake for its official poster. Happy birthday, indeed.
Pop star Nicki Minaj has admitted to being "obsessed" with Monroe -- so much so, she recorded a song about her.
A GGI Monroe, joined by similar renderings of Grace Kelly and Marlene Dietrich, appeared in an ad for Dior's ongoing Charlize Theron campaign.
The second most-famous blond, Barbie has embodied Monroe several times the actress' death.
Though she was never nominated, Monroe's image and name are frequently recalled during the Academy Awards. In 2011, co-host James Franco paid tribute in drag.
As AMC's Mad Men makes its way through the 1960s, a season two episode finds the characters all reacting to Monroe's 1962 death.
Mariah Carey's 1998 clip for her song "I Still Believe" paid homage to Monroe's 1953 performance for troops stationed in Korea.
T Bone Burnett
Singer-songwriter T Bone Burnett, known for his Americana-infused country and rock, is one of the more unconventional artists to cover Monroe's musical efforts. He has a campy rendition of "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend."
Marilyn Monroe's estate actually maintains a Twitter account on her behalf. Her followers count rivals many living celebrities.
One of the few people to get the Absolut treatment, the Vodka brand's Marylin campaign paid homage to her revealing Seven Year Itch dress.
'Norma Jean & Marilyn'
HBO's 1996 TV movie about the transformation of the actress from Norma Jeane Mortenson to the blond bombshell everyone knew earned Emmy nominations for the two actresses who played her at different stages in her life: Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino.
Aside from Judy Garland, Monroe is likely the most popular object of emulation for drag queens -- and it's not always flattering. Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, who has donned a dress more than once for comedic relief, dressed as Marilyn at 1997 fundraiser.
Earlier in 2012, NBC launched an entire TV series based on dueling Monroe fans trying to play the late actress in a musical. Her name is dropped every five minutes on Smash.