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A decade ago, when Jennifer Tritz attended high school, actress Angelina Jolie lit up the big screen, singer Mariah Carey delivered huge hits and Madonna still shined red hot.
But when Tritz decided to dress as a celebrity for a dance, she picked someone who had been dead for decades - Marilyn Monroe.
Sunday marks the 50th anniversary of Monroe's death. The blonde, breathy-voiced actress remains a Hollywood icon, but not just for people around during the height of her fame or years soon after.
She pulls major fans from a crowd that learned about Monroe's era in history class - people in their 20s and 30s.
Some became fans as teens because they identified with Monroe's insecurities. Others appreciate how Monroe embodied sensuality and sexiness with a curvy, natural-looking body. Some simply love her durable, high-octane celebrity earned by hard work - one the Kardashians and other instant celebrities will never match.