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FILE - In this March 25, 1991 file photo, Madonna performs “Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man)” from the film “Dick Tracy” during the 63rd Annual Academy Awards show at the Shrine Auditorium, in Los Angeles. The song won an Oscar for best song. Madonna has famously appropriated Marilyn Monroe's look into her image. Monroe passed away a half-century ago this week, a murky death that remains one of Hollywood's most tantalizing mysteries. But look around: Her legend lives on, more vibrantly than ever. In a twist she surely would have appreciated, this 1950's bombshell has become a 21st-century pop culture phenom. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)


It's been 50 years since the starlet's death, officially ruled a suicide on Aug. 5, 1962, but there has been no shortage of devoted fans since Monroe's fateful passing. The cult icon has inspired actors, artists, musicians, imitators, impersonators, lovers and haters alike; as well as countless memorabilia, movies and songs (and some really colorful outfits on karoake nights).