Marilyn Monroe at age 22, Hollywood, 1949.
LIFE.com remembers Marilyn as a young and, at the time, relatively unknown actress in 1949 honing her craft — unaware of the triumphs and pain that lay in store.
(Photo: J.R. Eyerman—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Marilyn Monroe at age 22, Hollywood, 1949.

LIFE.com remembers Marilyn as a young and, at the time, relatively unknown actress in 1949 honing her craft — unaware of the triumphs and pain that lay in store.

(Photo: J.R. Eyerman—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

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