No other actress has had her image engraved on world-wide stamps more than Norma Jean Mortenson, most popularly known as Marilyn Monroe. The iconic sex symbol has been featured on numerous stamp sets, gold foil souvenir sheets, deluxe sheets, and even postal stationary from countries ranging from Central Africa to the Caribbean islands of St. Vincent, Nevis, and Montserrat.
In 1995, the United States Postal Service featured Monroe as the first actor commemorated in their "Legends of Hollywood" series. The stamp issued, on the anniversary of her birthday, features a 1950’s photograph of Monroe. The stamp was designed by Michael Deas.
Her many screen credits include: "Some Like it Hot", "How to Marry a Millionaire," "The Seventh Year Itch," and "The Misfits."
After her death in 1962, numerous films, songs and books have continued to propel the Marilyn mystique. Much as been speculated about her marriages to Arthur Miller and Joe DiMaggio as well as her relationships to Marlon Brando, JFK, Frank Sinatra, and Yves Montand.
Worldwide stamp issues have portrayed her not only in scenes from her most popular films, but images of her with her ex-husbands and other famous actors. A collection featuring worldwide motion pictures stars would have to include at least a sampling of the worldwide commemorative issues along with the USPS sheet.