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On this day in 1962 Hollywood superstar Marilyn Monroe died.

It was 55 years ago today that Hollywood was shaken to its core when its most beloved ingenue was found dead in her glamourous Los Angeles bungalow, aged just 35. The actress was one of the most adored and iconic stars of cinema, but Norma Jeane Mortenson also had a mysterious, and some would say dark, side.

Discovered by her housekeeper, the cause of her untimely end was suicide by barbiturate overdose. Over the years there have been numerous conspiracy theories surrounding her death, but ultimately it is her legacy as a screen siren which lives on.

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