In 1950, Monroe appeared in several small roles that garnered her growing attention, most notably in The Asphalt Jungle and All About Eve. She played her first leading role (as a mentally unhinged baby sitter) in 1952's Don't Bother to Knock. Monroe then showed off her comedic flair in The Seven-Year Itch (1955) and received critical acclaim for her dramatic portrayal in Bus Stop (1956). Her performance in Some Like It Hot netted her a Golden Globe Award in 1960.
Suffering from illness and depression in 1962, the world's most famous sex symbol was found dead in her home on Aug. 5 as the result of a drug overdose.