After that, she started getting big roles and soon became a star that neither Hollywood nor the world had ever had before. Because of her exceptional beauty and the unique impression she made on the audience, no wonder that she became the most profitable Hollywood actress and cultural icon. Her career as a top star lasted only 10 - 12 years, during which she made films such as “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” (1953), “How to Marry a Millionaire” (1953), “Some Like It Hot” (1959) and several more. During this period, she had two more short-term marriages and many affairs, indicating that she still failed to find stability and happiness in her private life. In 1957 or so, psychic trauma and health problems had resulted in alcohol and drug dependency. She neglected acting and continually delayed filming, to the point that her last film was never finished.
In 1962, when she was only 36, she was found dead at her home in Hollywood, just three days before her fourth wedding. The official cause of death was barbiturate overdose (sleeping pills), but there was much speculation about the real cause of her death. In the years and decades following her death, Marilyn Monroe has been the subject of hundreds of books, films and songs, and an inspiration for various artists and entertainers. The Hollywood diva has remained an exceptionally valuable brand: from the fashion and cosmetics industries to the car and food industries, the name and image of Marilyn Monroe have been used to advertise thousands of various products.