She was the blonde-haired American sex symbol whose fame eclipsed her film-star status and whose life came to a sudden, tragic end at the age of just 36.

Marilyn Monroe’s death at her Los Angeles home in August 1962 shocked the world.

Today, the iconic actor’s life and mysterious death, supposedly of a drug overdose, are still making headlines, the latest following the release on Netflix of the absorbing – and controversial – film Blonde, starring Ana De Armas.

But as ever with the screen goddess’s life, fact and myth are hard to separate…