Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jean Mortenson on June 1, 1926. The song, her story, and Lana Del Rey's homage to Marilyn in her "National Anthem" video are included in the slideshow below, along with Mira Sorvino's take, as well as the documentary, Marilyn Monroe - The Final Days.
But you can't think about Marilyn Monroe at this late date without due consideration to the trenchant insights and enlightening perspective of Gloria Steinem. So I've included here a couple of her PBS interviews on Marilyn and a link to her book on the same subject. In an essay included near the end of the slideshow, Ms. Steinem refers to Marilyn Monroe as "The Woman Who Will Not Die," and that seems a fitting summary of where we stand with the reluctant goddess who once loved a president and died.