“I wish I had one tenth of Marilyn’s cleverness,” alisema uigizaji coach Natasha Lytess. “Whenever I arrived at her Doheny Drive apartment, she was studying.”

Monroe in her last picha session, for LIFE magazine, a mwezi before she died. She cared little for things and owned no jewelry. “I’m not interested in money,” Monroe once told an agent. “I just want to be wonderful.”

Eight months before her death Marilyn Monroe discovered a Spanish-style house in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles. She traveled to Mexico in February 1962, enthusiastically searching shops in Cuernavaca, Taxco, Toluca and Acapulco for fabrics, furniture and tiles for her new home.