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Marilyn Monroe's life and persona have been used in film, television, music, the arts, and by other celebrities.





See also: Marilyn in Art Roger Taylor (Ed.), Chaucer Press (2006), ISBN 1-904957-02-1; ISBN 978-1-904957-02-7

See also: Elvis + Marilyn: 2x Immortal Geri DePaoli (Ed.), Rizzoli (1994), ISBN 0-8478-1840-3

Celebrities as Monroe[edit]

Editorial cartoons[edit]


See also: Marilyn in Fashion: The Enduring Influence of Marilyn Monroe by Christopher Nickens and George Zeno, Running Press (2012), ISBN 0-762445-10-6; ISBN 978-0-762445-10-3


See also: imdb.com Marilyn Monroe (Character) page

Graphic novels[edit]



See also: Mondo Marilyn: An Anthology of Fiction and Poetry Richard Peabody and Lucinda Ebersole (Eds), St. Martin's Press (1995), ISBN 0-312-11853-8; ISBN 978-0-312-11853-2

See also: Marilyn: Shades of Blonde Carole Nelson Douglas (ed.), Tor Books (1997), ISBN 0-312-85737-3; ISBN 978-0-312-85737-0


Music videos[edit]



See also: Marilyn Monroe by Eve Arnold, Harry N. Abrams (2005), ISBN 0-8109-5933-X; ISBN 978-0-8109-5933-0

See also: Marilyn Monroe and the Camera by Georges Belmont, Te Neues Publishing (2000), ISBN 3-8238-5467-4; ISBN 978-3-8238-5467-8

See also: Marilyn by André de Dienes Steve Crist (Ed.), Taschen (2002), ISBN 3-8228-1199-8; ISBN 978-3-8228-1199-3

See also: LIFE: Remembering Marilyn (2009), ISBN 1-60320-079-7; ISBN 978-1-60320-079-0

See also: The Last Sitting by Bert Stern

See also: Marilyn: Norma Jean by Gloria Steinem with George Barris



  • E!: Sex Symbol of the Century (1999)
  • Empire: Sexiest Female Movie Star (1995)
  • Ladies Home Journal: 100 Most Important Women of the 20th Century (1998)
  • People: Sexiest Woman of the Century (1999)
  • Playboy: #1 Sex Star of the Century (1998)
  • Premiere: #2 Greatest Movie Star of All Time (2005)
  • Time: 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century (1998)

Popular culture[edit]


  • The Charlie McCarthy Show: "November 9, 1952"; Charlie McCarthy and guest star Marilyn Monroe are going to be married, much to the whole world's displeasure.
  • Old Harry's Game: "Olympics Special 2012, Episode One"; When Thomas enters Satan's Infernal Olympics and ends up getting pinned and crushed underneath an unconscious hippopotamus, Scumspawn brings in Marilyn Monroe as an incentive for Thomas to get out from under the hippo.
  • Marilyn and Ella Backstage at the Mocambo: a 2005 BBC Radio 4 drama set in 1950s Hollywood in which Marilyn Monroe sets out to help singer Ella Fitzgerald challenge racial prejudice.[93]


  • Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps: "Angelina's Gift for Ms. Mimi", a gust of wind makes Angelina ape the "subway grate" pose from The Seven Year Itch
  • Animaniacs: "Method to Her Madness", Slappy and Skippy attend a method acting class Monroe is in
  • The Beverly Hillbillies: "The Clampetts Go Hollywood", Elly May glams up as Monroe
  • Cagney & Lacey: "Jane Doe #37", a girl Cagney and Lacey arrest gives her name as "Norma Jeane Baker", the name Monroe was known as growing up
  • Clone High: Monroe hangs out at The Grassy Knoll with Nostradamus
  • Criminal Minds: "Reflections of Desire", Garcia quotes Monroe
  • The Critic: "Marathon Mensch", Jay imagines himself as a Monroe impersonator aping the "subway grate" pose from The Seven Year Itch
  • Desperate Housewives: "Excited and Scared", Renée dresses as Monroe from The Seven Year Itch for Halloween
  • Dexter's Laboratory: "Blonde Leading the Blonde", Dexter apes the "subway grate" pose from The Seven Year Itch
  • Doctor Who: "A Christmas Carol", The Doctor becomes engaged to Monroe
  • Elvis: Elvis tells his mother she is more beautiful than Monroe
  • The Ernie Kovacs Show: Edie Adams regularly aped Monroe
  • Frasier: "Room Full of Heroes", Martin, as Joe DiMaggio, references Monroe; Daphne, as Elton John, references "Candle in the Wind"
  • Full House: "Mad Money", Jesse brings home a Monroe impersonator
  • Futurama: "I Dated a Robot", a teenager makes out with "Marilyn Monrobot"
  • Gilligan's Island: "The Producer", Ginger glams up as Monroe
  • Gilmore Girls: "Red Light on the Wedding Night", a waiter at the club Lorelei has her bachelorette party is dressed as Monroe from The Seven Year Itch
  • Golden Girls: "Letters to Gorbachev", Blanche apes "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" to Mikhail Gorbachev
  • Growing Pains: "Happy Halloween: Part 2", a character dresses as Monroe
  • Happy Endings: "Spooky Endings", Alex dresses as Monroe from The Seven Year Itch for a Halloween party
  • Hart of Dixie: "Walkin' After Midnight", Lemon dresses as Monroe from The Seven Year Itch for a Halloween party
  • The Honeymooners: "A Woman's Work Is Never Done", Ralph references Monroe
  • I Love Lucy: "Ricky's Movie Offer", Lucy and Ethel think the script sent to Ricky has a Monroe-type part in it, and ask Fred which one of them looks more like her; Lucy glams up as Monroe
  • Jessie: "Ghost Bummer", Jessie dresses as Monroe for Halloween [94]
  • Keeping Up with the Kardashians: "Paparazzi & Papas", Khloé asks her grandmother's prospective dates if they like Monroe
  • Last Man Standing: "Adrenaline", Mike references Monroe on his Webcast
  • Law & Order: Criminal Intent: "Bombshell", a prescription bottle found by Logan and Wheeler is made out to Monroe's birth name, Norma Mortensen; Merritt references Monroe
  • Love, Marilyn
  • Mad Men:
    • "Maidenform", Monroe and Jackie Kennedy inspire the agency's campaign for Playtex
    • "Six Month Leave", Monroe's death affects Hollis, Joan, and the office girls
  • Married... with Children: "It's a Bundyful Life", Al asks his guardian angel if Monroe is laughing at him because he caved to Peg's demand that he toss out his Playboys
  • M*A*S*H: "Bombshells", Hawkeye and Charles start a rumor that Monroe is coming to the 4077 to thank the staff for caring for her cousin
  • The Name's the Same:
    • "November 19, 1952", a contestant's actual name is Marilyn Monroe
    • "January 12, 1954", two contestants' actual names are Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio
    • "June 22, 1954", Van Johnson's "secret wish" is for Marilyn to sit on his lap
    • "August 31, 1954", Charles Coburn's "secret wish" is to dance the rumba with Monroe as he did in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
  • NCIS:
    • "Kill Ari, Part 1", DiNozzo has Caitlin ape the "subway grate" pose from The Seven Year Itch in his fantasy
    • "Minimum Security", Ducky tells Abby his mother wears nothing to bed but Chanel No. 5 ever since Monroe said it's the only thing she wears to bed
    • "Witch Hunt", Abby dresses as Monroe from The Seven Year Itch for Halloween
  • Nip/Tuck: "Joyce & Sharon Monroe", two Monroe Look-alikes want to look more like her
  • One Tree Hill: "Pictures of You", Brooke impersonates Monroe for a class assignment
  • Phil Spector: Spector speculates on Monroe's death during his first meeting with Linda
  • The Pretender: "Curious Jarod", Jarod reviews a Simulation of the night of Monroe's death in which his younger self speculates as to which one was possibly murdered - "Norma Jean" or "Marilyn" - and why.
  • Quantum Leap: "Goodbye Norma Jean", Sam leaps into the body of Monroe's chauffeur
  • Quincy, M.E.: "A Star Is Dead", Quincy investigates the death of a Monroe-like movie star
  • The Real Ghostbusters: "Janine, You've Changed", Janine insinuates that she has claimed Monroe
  • Roseanne: "Skeleton in the Closet", Nancy dresses as Monroe for the diner's Halloween party
  • Saturday Night Live:
    • Teri Garr played Monroe with Joe Piscopo as John F. Kennedy (Season 9, Episode 5)
    • Mary Gross played Monroe as a recurring character (1981–1985)
    • Madonna played Monroe (Season 11, Episode 1)
      • aped "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" (Season 18, Episode 11)
    • Charlize Theron as Monroe with Jimmy Fallon as Joe DiMaggio (Season 26, Episode 4)
  • Saved by the Bell: "Slater's Sister", Zack references Monroe
  • Seinfeld: "The Note", George references Monroe after Kramer claims he saw Joe DiMaggio at Dinky Donuts
  • Sex and the City: "To Market, to Market", Samantha's change purse has Monroe's face from Marilyn Diptych on it
  • The Simpsons:
    • "The Homer They Fall", a picture of Monroe is on a jacket
    • "Rosebud", Smithers imagines Mr. Burns singing "Happy Birthday to You" to him à la "Happy Birthday, Mr. President"
      • a slide photo of Mr. Burns shows him aping the "subway grate" pose from The Seven Year Itch
    • "Thirty Minutes over Tokyo" features a Monroe robot
    • "Treehouse of Horror XIV", Professor Frink tells Bart and Lisa his father "worked on the atom bomb by day, slept with Marilyn Monroe by night, and sold secrets to the Russians at lunch"
    • Moe apes the "subway grate" pose from The Seven Year Itch on Disk 4 of the Season 6 DVD set menu
    • Dr. Marvin Monroe's original first name was Marilyn
  • Smash: Main plot concerns the planning of a Broadway musical about Monroe
  • Sordid Lives: The Series: "The Fall and Rise of Brother Boy", Ty is shown Monroe's ukulele from Some Like It Hot
  • Warehouse 13: "Love Sick", Monroe's hairbrush turns hair platinum blonde when used
  • What's My Line?: "August 21, 1960", mystery guest Buddy Hackett signs in as "Marilyn Monroe"
  • Zoey 101: "Haunted House", Zoey dresses as Monroe for Halloween

See also: imdb.com Marilyn Monroe (Character) page


By Arthur Miller, Monroe's third husband:

  • After the Fall (1964) – The play and its main characters, Maggie and Quentin, are based on Monroe and Miller and their marriage
  • Finishing the Picture (2004) – The play is based on Miller's experiences of making The Misfits (1961), with Kay being based on Monroe

Plays and musicals based on Monroe's life or with Monroe as a central character:

Plays and musicals with Monroe as a minor character or referenced:

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