Marilyn Monroe made the template icons now follow (with video)
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We all know Marilyn Monroe built the mold pop culture icons -- and their wannabes -- now follow. Somewhat troubling to film buffs, Monroe's still image seems more ubiquitous than the job she was actually famous for -- film performance. In honor of the 50th anniversary of Ms. Monroe's death, Yahoo! Movies has gathered a select slate of Monroe film footage for your viewing pleasure.
Britney Spears was not the first star to sport body hugging, nude costumes -- a look Jennifer Lopez later mimicked. As you can see in the above clip, Monroe was wearing the look way back in 1952 in the comedy "Monkey Business."
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Everyone remembers when Madonna emulated this famous Marilyn moment in her "Material Girl" video. Madonna is quoted to have said, "I'd love to be a memorable figure in the history of entertainment in some sexual, comic, tragic way. I'd like to leave the impression that Marilyn Monroe did."
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While this is an iconic scene that had men wishing they were a sidewalk air shaft, it seems to have remained indelibly Marylin. It's been spoofed and mimicked over the years, a memorable iconicopy does not, however, come to mind.
Marylin wasn't always a leading lady. Skip forward to about 1:30-into the above trailer for "The Asphalt Jungle" to see her as part of an ensemble cast in the 1950 film.
And now, two more clips of the late Marilyn Monroe for your viewing pleasure: