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- American actress, model, and singer (1926-1962)
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Marilyn Monroe remains one of the most iconic figures in Hollywood history, and pop culture at large. The blonde bombshell, born Norma Jean Baker, became one of Tinsel Town’s biggest stars appearing in over 35 movies during her career and wracking up a collection of classic films such as “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” “The Seven Year Itch,” “Niagara,” and “How to Marry a Millionaire.”
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Monroe died by drug overdose in 1962, but the tragic passing further cemented her place as a cultural icon. To celebrate her birthday, we searched the web to dig up some of the coolest and unique merchandise inspired by the late actress and model. You’ll find everything from books to movie box sets, jewelry inspired by one of her best-known film roles, and tons more.
If you’re looking for that perfect gift for a friend, family member, co-worker, neighbor, or anyone in your circle who happens to be a fan of Monroe, feel free to use our list as a gift guide. Below, find our roundup of some of the best Monroe-inspired merchandise, and if you can’t get enough of the Old Hollywood aesthetic, check out this selection of vintage movie posters.
This handmade canvas set of Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn will add a touch of ‘50s-inspired art to your space. The wall hangings are built on a wooden frame (0.75” or 1.5” in depth) and include rounded corners for a more finished look. You can get them in small (16”x12”), medium (24”x16”), and large (40”x30”). Not interested in the set? Buy the solo wall hanging of Monroe.
If you love Andy Warhol’s Pop Art creations, then this canvas print is just for you. It’ll look great in a bedroom, office, or living room, and it comes in a bunch of different sizes ranging from 10” x 10” to 40” x 40.”
This Blu-ray box set features nine Monroe classics, including “Bus Stop,” “Niagara,” “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” “How to Marry a Millionaire,” “River of No Return,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “The Seven Year Itch,” “The Misfits,” and “Some Like It Hot.” You also might like the “Forever Marilyn” collection which is a little cheaper and features seven films.
Tumblers are a cool buy for Monroe fans who like to show their devotion in a subtle but practical way. These made to order, stainless steel double-walled tumblers feature the quote: “Well behaved women rarely make history.” You can get them in 20 oz and 30 oz but you’ll want to hand wash these, as they are not safe for the dishwasher and shouldn’t be placed in a microwave.
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend! Add a little sparkle to your jewelry collection with a handmade tribute to Monroe’s vintage choker worn in the 1953 film. The 16” sparkling necklace features faceted crystals with a shiny silver finish and an adjustable chain so that you can wear it shorter or longer. If you’re looking for more Monroe-inspired jewelry (at a higher price point), Zales debuted a Marilyn Monroe collection that includes this pear-shaped Amethyst and Iolite diamond ring, a white gold teardrop pendant necklace, and these diamond star studded earrings.
Gaze at Monroe while you keep track of time with this gorgeous 12” non-ticking wall clock. It features an elegant design that makes a great gift. It has large numbers so you can read them clearly, and a front glass cover to keep dust away from the dial. The clock is super easy to mount, and takes one AA battery (click here for batteries).
Another great gift idea: coasters. Whether you’re shopping for a birthday, or a housewarming present, coasters are a pretty good gift. This pack includes four coaster recreations of Monroe on the covers of magazines. The ceramic coasters are 4.25” thick, with a waterproof seal, and a 5mm thick cork bottom. They’re not exactly dishwasher safe though, so you’ll want to hand wash these. If you’re looking for a different design, check out these colorful
Pop-Art coasters inspired by Warhol’s painting of Monroe.
Looking for a coffee table book? The beautifully illustrated, “Marilyn: Her Life in Her Own Words,” features the late actress’s never-before-published story as told in her own words. The book, which has 150 photographs — many of which had never been published before — and is culled from conversations with photojournalist and author George Barris who interviewed and photographed Monroe on the set of “Some Like It Hot.” Having first met eight years earlier, Monroe and Barris forged a friendship and had begun working on a book together just two months before her death. Barris later released “Marilyn: Her Life in Her Own Words” on what would have been Monroe’s 75th birthday in 2001.