Happy birthday Ms Monroe, happy birthday to you

She famously sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to former US President John F. Kennedy, but Marilyn Monroe would have been blowing out 90 candles on her own cake if she were still alive today.

Born Norma Jean Mortenson on June 1 1926, the Bus Stop actress went on to become one of the most iconic figures of the 20th century.

The curvaceous blonde bombshell starred in dozens of films including The Seven Year Itch, Some Like It Hot, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and The Misfits.


She died in 1962, with many conspiracy theories continuing to swirl about how she met her fate – at least one of which involves JFK.


Marilyn has received tributes from fans across the world via social media today, as they remember the bubbly, yet troubled ‘Candle in the Wind’ that refuses to be extinguished.

In Bendigo, Victoria, local firefighters opened their hoses to give an eight-metre high statue of Marilyn a bath to celebrate her 90th birthday.

The sculpture (seen below) has been on display as part of the Marilyn Monroe art exhibition at Bendigo Art Gallery since March.