Thanks to LIFE magazine, we're honoring Marilyn Monroe's (Norma Jeane Baker) birthday, posting some of her famous swimsuit photos.
Marilyn in the early 1950s
My personal favorite is the 1959 photo with Jack Lemmon from "Some Like It Hot" (image above). With Marilyn, you don't need summer to turn up the heat. Insecure in her personal life, Marilyn was one person who appeared comfortable and confident in her photos.
Posing in a polka dot bikini, 1951 and in her final film (above), "Somethings Got to Give," in 1962 (below). From the outside, she looks like she had it all.
Happy 84th Birthday, Marilyn!