Who is The Better Hollywood Legend: Marilyn Monroe vs. Grace Kelly

Marilyn Monroe vs. Grace Kelly

Which 1950’s blonde Hollywood star do you prefer? Marilyn Monroe or Grace Kelly? Some would say that Some Like it Hot, with Marilyn Monroe being their favorite. Others would choose the cool and sophisticated Grace Kelly. Both blondes rose to super stardom around the same time, and many women emulated them, men dreamed about them. They were considered the top stars of their time and appeared in what are now classic movies that many enjoy.

But which star is better? Now that is a debate to be had for sure. Whether you grew up, watching movies in the 50’s and knew which star you wanted to be like the most, or have first seen the movies today, we know you’ve got an opinion on this one. Tell us…is it Marilyn Monroe or Grace Kelly?


Marilyn Monroe



Marilyn was determined to be successful right from the start. She is a natural brunette but dyed her hair blonde. She got her start signing with The Blue Book Modeling Agency and was told they were looking for models with lighter colored hair, not brunettes so she dyed her hair. She soon become one of their most sought-after models.

She got her start as an extra at 20th Century Fox. She took singing and dancing and other classes to help her become a better actor. She was in The Shocking Miss Pilgrim and You Were Meant for Me as an extra.

Marilyn studied at The Actor’s Studio to help shake her “dumb blonde” image and to develop her acting skills and technique.

By the time she appeared in The Seven Year Itch in 1954, she was considered an international celebrity. Marilyn is well known for the scene in the film of her in a white dress with the breeze blowing up from the subway grates. There are photos of this image that are considered a classic.


Grace Kelly



Grace Kelly was an accomplished actress. She had a background in theatre, live television and films.

Kelly won an Academy Award and was also nominated for awards. Marilyn Monroe was not nominated or won any awards.

Grace Kelly was a sophisticated and elegant young lady who became a princess, marrying the Prince of Monaco. She was admired and respected by many.


Marilyn posed nude, something that gave her career both negative and positive attention. She posed after having trouble finding work in the movies and had gone back to modeling to make money. She was paid $50 for the nude photos of her on red silk that people know so well.

Some look poorly upon Marilyn for being married several times, as well as her reputation for having several affairs, especially the affair with Mr. Kennedy.

Marilyn had problems with depression and mental health throughout her life. At times this was overwhelming for her.


Grace Kelly gave up her acting career to focus on her duties as a princess. Some might wonder what her continued acting career might have been like.

She did not study acting but appears to be self-taught. Marilyn studied at The Actors Studio.

And Finally…

So which actor is better, Marilyn Monroe or Grace Kelly? Do you prefer the sex symbol Marilyn Monroe or the cool and sophisticated Grace Kelly? Each woman was blonde, beautiful and quite talented. But only one can win this battle. Tell us which you would pick!




  1. Diamond Garza June 15, 2016 at 2:31 am

    Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jean)

  2. Michael Cross July 18, 2016 at 12:03 am


  3. Jonas Davis November 1, 2016 at 6:53 am

    Definitely Grace Kelly 😛

  4. David Sakho November 2, 2016 at 12:10 am

    Grace for me, though I appreciate M.M. beauty and strength of character.

    Grace’s beauty was more natural.

    One thing you’ve got wrong, Grace DID study acting, she was a student at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts for two years, 1947 – 1949.

  5. Luis April 18, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    You say Marilyn monroe didn’t receive any awards or nominations but she received a Golden globe for some like it hot and Oscar nomination for the same movie. Plz check your facts first next time!