Goddess and the Girl Next Door

Marilyn Monroe, Doris Day and the Movie they Shared

Ranked #100 in Movie Biography

They said men wanted to go to bed with Marilyn Monroe, but marry Doris Day. As stars of the big screen, two women who were at times so strikingly similar were worlds apart in their onscreen personas. One was a Hollywood goddess and the other known as the girl next door.

When Monroe died of an overdose in August 1962 her final film, Something's Got to Give, was in shambles. She'd been fired from the production only weeks earlier, but had negotiated a return to help salvage 20 Century Fox, the studio that turned her into a superstar and profited handsomely at her expense.

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