Marilyn Monroe has managed to define a certain style of glamour well past the date when other film stars' influence expires. Nearly all of today's sex symbols owe something to Monroe's lasting mystique. And Monroe's deeply American story of a steep rise from anonymity to unprecedented fame -- her husbands, her ambitions, her triumphs and ultimately her tragic end -- has become sewn into American cultural narrative the way Marilyn used to get sewn into her dresses.
Lifetime's latest effort to tell her complicated story, The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe, is winning praise for its Marilyn portrait. Everything about her was secret, and yet it was all there in the open, too. Think you know Marilyn Monroe? Take the quiz!
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