Got A Girl Crush On :  what would have been Marilyn Monroe's 85th birthday (June 1, 2011)  
 
 In celebration,  LIFE.com presents these rare gems, restored to their original glory  and showing early-career Monroe in the dance, acting, and voice classes that helped make her an icon for the ages. Here: Marilyn runs a hand through her long curls — dyed but not yet that famous platinum hue — in one of Eyerman’s portraits. 
   RARE PHOTOS: Marilyn in Training

Got A Girl Crush On: what would have been Marilyn Monroe's 85th birthday (June 1, 2011)

In celebration, LIFE.com presents these rare gems, restored to their original glory and showing early-career Monroe in the dance, acting, and voice classes that helped make her an icon for the ages. Here: Marilyn runs a hand through her long curls — dyed but not yet that famous platinum hue — in one of Eyerman’s portraits.

RARE PHOTOS: Marilyn in Training

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