Marilyn Monroe’s short career as an actress spanned just 15 years. In that time she made 32 films, and left one uncompleted. Her career took off in 1952 when she was cast in her first starring role in Don't Bother to Knock.
April 7, 1952 - Marilyn's debut cover, photographed by Philippe Halsman. According to Life, it became one of the most famous and collectible covers in the magazine's history.
May 25, 1953 - Marilyn and Jane Russell, promoting their film, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
April 20, 1959 - Marilyn was photographed for the cover by the legendary Richard Avedon. Inside the story promoted her recently released film, Some Like It Hot.
November 9, 1959 - Philippe Halsman photographed this iconic cover. The photo was part of a photo gallery on jumping actresses.
August 15, 1960 - Marilyn and her co-star, French actor Yves Montand, were photographed for the cover as part of a story to promote their upcoming film, Let's Make Love.
June 22, 1962 - Marilyn invited photographers, William Woodfield and Lawrence Schiller to come on-set while she shoot her infamous skinny dipping scene for her film, Something's Got To Give.
August 17, 1962 - Marilyn’s (first of several) posthumous Life cover – published a week after her death.