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“Perhaps the most tragic aspect of Monroe’s life is that her sexiness was in large part a put-on required of her by the times,” Newsweek said a decade after the American sensation’s death. Despite her public image as a “dumb blonde,” Monroe paved the way for female entertainm­ent industry stars. She was one of the first women to start her own production company, Marilyn Monroe Production­s, which produced its first independen­t film, The Prince and the Showgirl, in 1957. Many actresses today head their own companies, such as Reese Witherspoo­n who recently sold Hello Sunshine for over $900 million.

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