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Her sex-symbol image aside, Marilyn Monroe was an avid reader of 20th-century literature and was often photographed curling up with a book, as in this Peter Stackpole shot taken at her Hollywood home in 1953. see more: on.life.com/xC4MhA

Hollywood, 1953. "Actress Marilyn Monroe at home." 35mm color transparency by Alfred Eisenstaedt, Life magazine image archive

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Not published in LIFE. Marilyn Monroe, 22, takes dance lessons, Hollywood, 1949.

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"They told me there was this look in my eyes, that it was my fault for them wanting me in that way." ― Marilyn Monroe. Norma Jeane Mortenson, June 1, 1926 ― August 5, 1962. #MarilynMonroe #Legend #Quote #Woman