She was probably the most iconic sex symbol of the 1950s. Born Norma Jean Mortenson, Marilyn Monroe is best known for her roles in film classics like Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Some Like It Hot and the Seven-Year Itch. The latter film features one of the star’s most memorable images: Marilyn standing on top of a subway grate wearing a flirty white dress that she attempts to hold down as it blows around from a passing subway car.
The events surrounding her death added to her iconic mystique. Was it a suicide, or was it something worse?
Marilyn was found dead on August 5, 1962, naked and face down on her bed inside her Los Angeles home. Empty pill bottles surrounded the dead 36-year-old star. A telephone was in her hand. Her psychiatrist broke in and discovered her body, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The Los Angeles Police Department came to