Marilyn Monroe’s 12 Most Popular Roles Ranked
Marilyn Monroe is a Hollywood icon who has defined much of what modern Hollywood stars strive for today. She was the ultimate “blonde bombshell” with effortless sexiness but never strayed from class and grace in a way that has made her legendary long after her tragic passing. In the beginning, Monroe was simply added to films for her sex appeal, but as her star rose in the ’50s there was no denying there was true talent to match her incredible looks. Although she passed away in 1962 at only 36 years old, her memory has been cemented in the entertainment industry forever through her many iconic roles and films. Reminisce on some of Hollywood’s best years with the 12 most popular Marilyn Monroe roles ranked:
12. There’s No Business Like Show Business
1954’s There’s No Business Like Show Business boasted a huge cast including Donald O’Connor, Ethel Merman, Johnnie Ray, Dan Dailey, Mitzi Gaynor and of course Marilyn Monroe. In the musical-comedy-drama, Monroe starred as Victoria Hoffman, and although she apparently wasn’t thrilled that she would have to test her singing and dancing skills against on-screen legends, it became one of her most notable roles. The role of Victoria Hoffman defined everything Hollywood wanted Monroe to be: innocent, yet also the sexy damsel, and while she knocked the role out of the park, it didn’t exactly test her talents.
11. River of No Return
1954’s River of No Return doesn’t hold up as well as some of Monroe’s other films, but it is infinitely clear that what shines bright in the film no matter how much time passes is the actress herself. The Western wasn’t necessarily the most famous of the ’50s and is littered with a large amount of sexism and racism which was common for that genre of film at the time; however, it is hard to tear yourself away from the complicated film solely because of Monroe’s performance. Monroe starred as dance hall singer Kay Weston and delivers one of her finest on-screen singing numbers with “File My Claim.” The actress’s role was spectacular but the lack of a great film around it lands River of No Return at number eleven.