Monday, 5 August, 2002, 07:09 GMT 08:09 UK
Monroe: 40 years of allure
Douglas Kirkland captured the screen idol as icon
By Finlo Rohrer
BBC News Online entertainment staff
Forty years after her body was found in a bungalowin Brentwood, Los Angeles, Marilyn Monroe stillfascinates.Audrey Hepburn, James Dean, Steve McQueen,John Lennon and Elvis remain celebrities beyondthe grave, but most of all Monroe epitomises whatit means to be an icon.Often photographed, often impersonated, thesestars shared good looks, unconventional lifestyleseven by celebrity standards, and lives that endedtragically and prematurely.It is still Marilyn Monroe whose star shines thebrightest. While other pin-ups, poster girls andprimadonnas have faded in the public's collectiveconsciousness, Monroe's image is as instantlyrecognisable as it ever was.Her extraordinary photogenic qualities helped makea star out of her and she made names for thepeople who photographed her.