Born Norma Jeane Mortenson, Marilyn Monroe would go down in history as much for her blonde bombshell looks and sudden death as for her storied movie career. At the young age of 36, she had appeared in more than two dozen films, been married three times and shared her personal life with legendary stars. Do you think you can name all of these Marilyn movies from a screenshot? Take this quiz and see how well you keep up!
Whew, the amount of talent here is pretty amazing. It's written by legendary playwright Arthur Miller, directed by John Huston and stars Clark Gable, Montgomery Clift and Eli Wallach, along with Monroe. It was a commercial flop, but is now highly regarded.
Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe in one movie? Playing showgirls? The average guy in the '50s didn't need to read any further to get in line to buy a ticket for the show.
The flow of this movie is a little disturbing in a modern context. Marilyn plays a singer who's kidnapped and roughed up by a young man who's bent on marrying her. In the end, she consents because he's actually a good guy. How's that again?
If you think Marilyn stuck to fluffy fare, this noir classic will change your mind. She plays the wife of a Korean War veteran who, with the help of her lover, schemes to murder her husband at Niagara Falls.
Milton Berle, Gene Kelly and Bing Crosby all play themselves, trying to help a would-be actor nail his part. This was Marilyn's last musical movie.
Where else to set a movie that starts with a woman getting a quickie divorce than Reno, Nevada? After Marilyn gets the deed done, she and a female friend head to Harrah's Reno for drinks, where Marilyn meets what might be her next conquest.
If you've consumed pop culture at all in the last 20 years, you've been exposed to the iconic image of Marilyn standing on a subway grate, trying to keep her modestly while an updraft blows her skirt up. The film was written and directed by the legendary Billy Wilder, and based on a Broadway play.
Lots of people don't know that Jack Paar, the father of "The Tonight Show," started out in movies. Here, he plays a building inspector whose assessment of a rundown apartment building throws the plot into turmoil.
This movie had quite a history before Marilyn and Jane Russell made their version. It had been a book and a silent movie, and it had several runs as a stage show long before its Technicolor closeup!
Marilyn has a small role in this classic potboiler, which stars Bette Davis and Anne Baxter. The film was nominated for 14 Academy Awards, a total not reached again until "Titanic" in 1998.
The male lead in this movie first forces Marilyn's character to kiss him (which makes him believe they're engaged), then buys a marriage license and tries to bully her into marrying him at a rodeo. At one point, she jumps out a window to escape him. Imagine trying to make that movie today, and having the two end up married.
This film marked Marilyn's first appearance in a film, playing a waitress. It's standard '40s fare, preaching about the evils of drink and how the opening of a roadhouse near a small town leads the boys of the town to ruin.
This featured Marilyn in her first major role, but the movie was a flop and didn't last long in theaters. Her contract with Columbia Pictures, at the time one of the biggest studios in Hollywood, wasn't renewed.
Marilyn got a taste of working with true talent in this John Huston-directed classic. It's been added to the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.
In this bit of pro-business propaganda, Marilyn plays a shapely office secretary. General Motors bankrolled the film, intended to show the benefits of big business.
Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable and Lauren Bacall together in one movie? That's just an unfair amount of talent and beauty in one movie. All three play gold diggers, and of course hilarity ensues.
Marilyn has a walk-on, uncredited role in this madcap Marx Brothers romp. Not that the plot matters much in a Marx brothers movie, but this one deals with a gourmet food shop that trafficks in diamonds, a struggling performing troupe and angry Russians.
Marilyn gets a bit meatier role here, as a gold-digger trying to land a rich husband. The conflict in the movie is resolved when it's revealed that a husband won his wife courtesy of a game of craps played with loaded dice. I'll just let that one sink in for a minute.
Marilyn takes on some pretty heavy drama here as a disturbed babysitter unhinged by the death of her boyfriend. While trying to carry out a romantic deception, she does everything from tying up her young charge to trying to throw the child out a window. No comedy here!
Marilyn plays the sexy secretary who catches the boss' eye in this comedy of identities. In what could be an early version of "Undercover Boss," a worker forced to retire due to age disguises himself as a younger man and returns to inspect his former workplace.
O. Henry was the master of the twist ending, and this anthology film is packed with them. Marilyn plays a young woman sexually harassed by a tramp in one part of the anthology, which at the time was a little-seen format for movies.
This is one of the more colloquial movie titles in history, referring to commands given to mules to tell them to go left or right. Marilyn has a one-line speaking part in the drama about farm life.
This musical comedy showcased Monroe's considerable talents in several song-and-dance numbers, including one of the most iconic of her career, the "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" scene
Marilyn proved to be something of an off-camera distraction during the making of this film. The now-infamous nude calendar photos of her surfaced during the filming, and reporters swarmed the production.
This film, in which Marilyn has a bit part as a chorus girl, is a festival of ethnic stereotypes. There's a Chinese laundry man named Long Time, Native Americans who are terrified by fireworks, etc. It would never get made today.
Had Marilyn lived, this film might have been seen as a passing of the torch between generations. Ethel Merman was in the latter stages of her career, and Marilyn was just getting started.
Marilyn plays a former WAC in this postwar comedy. Her presence, of course, leads to suspicions of infidelity between a husband and wife, followed by one of the high-comedy scenes in the film.
Mickey Rooney starred in this one, with Marilyn making one of her earliest appearances on film. Mickey plays a kid who runs away from an orphanage and ends up becoming a champion roller-skater, only to be felled by polio. Cheery stuff!
Marilyn plays a just-married beauty queen in this one, who discovers that she, along with four other couples, aren't actually married. Fortunately, her husband has the brains to remarry her!
In one of her early instances of "star" behavior, Marilyn took her acting coach along to the set, which enraged director Otto Preminger. He demanded the coach be banned from the set and Marilyn intervened, threatening to quit if the coach couldn't stay. She won, and Preminger took his anger out on her during the filming.
This madcap comedy centers on a scientist trying to perfect an elixir of youth. He fails, but a chimpanzee in the lab mixes up a working formula by accident and dumps it into the office water cooler. The results are predictably hilarious.
Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon were perfectly matched, with comic timing that has rarely been equaled. Marilyn more than held her own with the boys.
Unlike most Marx Brothers films, Groucho played a relatively small role in this one. Harpo and Chico played the leads, while Groucho played a private detective whose investigations frame the plot.
This was to have been Marilyn's last film, but it was never completed. She suffered from acute sinusitis and missed weeks of filming, and finally was fired from the production. She was in the process of being rehired, thanks to star Dean Martin's efforts, when she died of an overdose.
Marilyn got to star with an absolute screen legend, Sir Laurence Olivier, in this tale of diplomacy and romance. She plays an actress who catches the eye of a foreign diplomat, and turns out to be a whiz at politics as well.
This film begins with a chance encounter, with one couple being assigned a vacation cabin that's already occupied by another couple, and then turns into a twisty thriller. There's rage, infidelity and, of course, someone has to go over the titular cataract.
The conceit of this movie was hilarious, with a husband who thinks his wife's dead getting remarried, only to find out she's alive. After Marilyn's death, it was remade as "Move Over, Darling," starring Doris Day, James Garner and Polly Bergen.
Comedy always results when adults are given the opportunity to revert to childhood, and that's the entire concept here. Especially hilarious is the scene where a woman wakes up next to a baby, and assumes it's her husband reverted to baby form.
With a title borrowed from Irving Berlin, and the song itself appearing in the film, you know this one's centered on the stage life. Marilyn plays a torch singer whose affections for a member of a family of performers lead to heartbreak.
These days, with films being shot directly onto digital formats, it's easy to forget how important the film was to the finished product. This was Fox's first feature shot in CinemaScope, which remained the industry standard for decades.
Boxing movies have been popular as long as movies have been made. This one attracted no less than Lionel Barrymore himself, patriarch of the Barrymore acting clan. Actress Drew Barrymore's grandfather was John Barrymore, Lionel's brother.
Writer/director Billy Wilder made the choice to shoot this movie in black and white, despite the popularity of color in the late '50s. It worked, since the entire plot has a bit of an old-time feel to it.
It's hard to think of a modern actress who had the screen presence of Bette Davis, who stars in this film. My best comparison might be Meryl Streep, although Streep's much more polite and refined than Bette ever was.
Some critics compared this film to "My Fair Lady," but I don't quite see the connection. Marilyn in this film is a self-possessed, intelligent woman who might have a few rough edges, but is still smart enough to sort out who will run a country.
Marilyn is in the cast in this one, but her role isn't even credited. "Star Trek" fans will appreciate seeing the original Khan, Ricardo Montalban, playing a handsome boxer. No word on whether his gloves are made of rich Corinthian leather.
Had she lived, this was the movie that would have been seen as the time when Marilyn moved from ingenue to Really Big Star. She stars opposite Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, who play musicians who have to dress in drag to escape gangsters.
What would you do if you found out you weren't actually married to your spouse? It says something about Hollywood at the time that only one of the couples, the one with Zsa Zsa Gabor playing the wife, doesn't choose to (re)marry.
If you think of Robert Wagner as the craggy older fellow who plays DiNozzo's dad on "NCIS," you'll be in for a surprise here. In his younger years, he was often cast as a Lothario, or even a bit of eye candy.