50 years after the death of Marilyn Monroe, she remains one of Hollywood's brightest stars. New books, a film biography, a Broadway show, and a TV series are all focused on the legend. But the search for answers around her death also continues.
As fans and conspiracy theorists search for more information about the circumstances around the 36-year old's death, efforts are being made to open the FBI files on her, many filed under "Foreign Counterintelligence."
The Telegraph reports the FBI kept a close eye on the star; what she did, who she saw, who she loved and what she said.
The Associated Press has applied under the Freedom of Information Act to get a hold of the full record of the FBI's monitoring of Monroe, in advance of the August 5th anniversary of her death.
But after nearly nine months of requests and an appeal, those efforts have failed with word that the files simply can't be found. The FBI claims it no longer has the files on Monroe and the National Archives, where that information would likely be sent, says it doesn't have the files either. The latest request is to find out where the records were moved, is still pending.
An edited version of the files can be found on the bureau's website The Vault but still leaves many questions unanswered.
The file begins in 1955, focusing on her travels and who she was associated with in an effort to discover if she had any possible ties to communism, in the post-McCarthy era. It continues to track the star until the last few months of her life and includes several news stories and references to Norman Mailer's biography that looks into allegations she may have been killed by the CIA and FBI.
But The Telegraph reports that even the most recent probe of her death launched by the LA District Attorney's office in 1982 reported that the FBI files had been "heavily censored." And even famous Los Angeles Coroner Dr. Thomas Noguchi, who performed the autopsy on Monroe, admits no one will ever know what really happened. "On the basis of my own involvement in the case, beginning with the autopsy, I would call Monroe's suicide `very probable.' But I also believe that until the complete FBI files are made public and the notes and interviews of the suicide panel released, controversy will continue to swirl around her death."
Monroe was found dead in the bedroom of her Brentwood home in Los Angeles. The official cause of death was listed as acute barbiturate poisoning, but there is still debate about whether it was accidental, suicide or murder.
In honour of the 50th anniversary of Monroe's death, Life Magazine has put together a pictoral titled Marilyn: The Life Covers 1952-1962.
Here's a YouTube video of one of Monroe's most famous moments, when she sang Happy Birthday to US President John F. Kennedy, just two months before her death.