Marilyn: What a doll!

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Marilyn Monroe, the Hollywood legend, will become the new face of Barbie to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the actress's death on 4 August.

The limited edition of Barbie is the latest in the Hollywood Legends series, targeted at the adult market. "The [doll] will have nostalgic appeal, and we expect her to be popular," said a spokeswoman for Barbie. "Barbie is all set to pay homage to one of the world's timeless icons." The doll can be dressed in three of Monroe's most glamorous gowns, including those which helped make her famous in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and The Seven Year Itch. Barbie Marilyn will be available in shops from September, price pounds 55.