Over half a century after her tragic death, Marilyn Monroe continues to fascinate. Her transformation from ordinary girl-next-door Norma Jeane Baker into a celebrated and universally recognised screen goddess made Marilyn Monroe an epitome of the American Dream and a sex symbol in of the 1950s and beyond. In celebration of this cultural icon, Bendigo Art Gallery proudly presents a collection which never before has been shown to this extent in Australia. The exhibition showcases mementos from 12 movies Marilyn completed with Twentieth Century Fox, including studio portraits, wardrobe test photographs, lobby cards and film posters. On display are also authentic accessories and personal clothing items belonging to the actress, as well as more than 20 original film costumes from some of Marilyn’s greatest films, such as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes or How to Marry a Millionaire. Completing the exhibition is Seward Johnson’s iconic eight-meter high sculpture of Marilyn Monroe, Forever Marilyn, depicting the famous scene from The Seven Year Itch.