20 Rare Photos of Marilyn Monroe Doing Normal People Things

AKA being Norma Jean.

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Yes, Marilyn Monroe may have been the most famous woman in the world, but she did in fact, do normal people things—like take the subway, ride a bike, eat cake, and use a puppy as a pillow (we've got photographic evidence). The difference is that she looked miraculously glamorous while doing so is all. Here, find 20 rare shots of Monroe delightfully off duty, yet still as big-screen-worthy as always.

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<p>1960.<br></p>
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Taking a Nap

1960.

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<p>1955.</p>
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Reading a Book

1955.

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<p>1955.</p>
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Going to the Hair Salon

1955.

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<p>1955.
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Putting on Tights

1955.


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<p>1954.</p>
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Eating Cake

1954.

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<p>1955.</p>
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Getting Ready to Go Out

1955.

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<p>1961.</p>
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Flying at the Airport

1961.

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<p>1956.</p>
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Riding a Bike

1956.

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<p>1956.</p>
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Pumping Gas

1956.

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<p>1956.</p>
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Snacking While on a Road Trip

1956.

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<p>1941.</p>
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Street Styling

1941.

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<p>1951.</p>
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Hanging Out on a Sofa Bed

1951.

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<p>1952.<br></p>
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Drinking Wine and Talking About Life

1952.

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<p>1955.</p>
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Taking the Subway

1955.

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<p>1960.</p>
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Using a Puppy as a Pillow

1960.

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<p>1950.</p>
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Doing Flips at the Beach

1950.

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<p>1952.</p>
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Getting Writer's Block

1952.

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<p> <span></span>1951.</p>
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Taming Flyaways

1951.

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<p>1951.</p>
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Applying Lotion

1951.

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<p>1952.</p>
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Doing Makeup Touch-Ups

1952.

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