Marilyn Monroe made the template icons now follow (with video)

Meriah Doty
Movie Talk
August 1, 2012

We all know Marilyn Monroe built the mold pop culture icons -- and their wannabes -- now follow. Somewhat troubling to film buffs, Monroe's still image seems more ubiquitous than the job she was actually famous for -- film performance. In honor of the 50th anniversary of Ms. Monroe's death, Yahoo! Movies has gathered a select slate of Monroe film footage for your viewing pleasure.

'Monkey Business' Clip: 'Get What You Want'

Britney Spears was not the first star to sport body hugging, nude costumes -- a look Jennifer Lopez later mimicked. As you can see in the above clip, Monroe was wearing the look way back in 1952 in the comedy "Monkey Business."

'Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend'
Everyone remembers when Madonna emulated this famous Marilyn moment in her "Material Girl" video. Madonna is quoted to have said, "I'd love to be a memorable figure in the history of entertainment in some sexual, comic, tragic way. I'd like to leave the impression that Marilyn Monroe did."

'The Seven Year Itch' Clip: Delicious
While this is an iconic scene that had men wishing they were a sidewalk air shaft, it seems to have remained indelibly Marylin. It's been spoofed and mimicked over the years, a memorable iconicopy does not, however, come to mind.

'Some Like It Hot' Clip: Men Who Wear Glasses
Seeing Monroe in live action makes her more than a pop culture image portrayed in an Andy Warhol installation. She was human. And she was funny!

Trailer: 'The Asphalt Jungle'

Marylin wasn't always a leading lady. Skip forward to about 1:30-into the above trailer for "The Asphalt Jungle" to see her as part of an ensemble cast in the 1950 film.

And now, two more clips of the late Marilyn Monroe for your viewing pleasure:

'Monkey Business' Clip: 'Heat Wave' 'The Seven Year Itch' Clip: Chopsticks

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