Did you know Marilyn Monroe's sister was laid to rest in Kentucky?

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An American Icon

It's fairly undisputed that Marilyn Monroe is an American icon. Marilyn Monroe was actually born Norma Jeane Mortenson in 1926, and after overcoming a tumultuous childhood she became one of the  She became one of the most iconic and enduring cultural figures of the 20th century. She achieved much of her fame and success by appearing in films, and modeling, and became one of the biggest sex symbols of all time.  Unfortunately, Marilyn Monroe's life was short as she died at the age of 36. Despite her short life, Marilyn Monroe's legacy still lives on as she is a pop culture icon.  You can find Marilyn Monroe's full biography through The Marilyn Monroe Collection, her life was definitely a fascinating one.

Marilyn Monroe
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It's hard to dispute that Marilyn Monroe's impact on pop culture still lives on, and did you know that she actually shares ties to the Bluegrass State?  Marilyn Monroe's sister is buried in Kentucky.

Meet Berniece Baker Miracle

Berniece was 19 years old when she first met her 12-year-old half-sister, Norma.  Both girls had a turbulent childhood, and it was a little later in life when Berniece and Norma learned about each other.  According to All That's Interesting,  in 1944 the two sisters met in person for the first time and became very close. In fact, Berniece is who picked out Marilyn Monroe's casket and burial dress after her sister's tragic passing.

Below is a postcard from Marilyn to her big sister.

Marilyn Monroe Memorabilia
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In 1994 Berniece and her daughter wrote a book about Marilyn Monroe titled My Sister Marilyn: A Memoir of Marilyn Monroe. The two were close up until Marilyn's death, and Berniece was always very protective of her younger sister and her legacy.

Marilyn Portrait
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Berniece's Final Resting Place in the Bluegrass State

Berniece grew up in Kentucky with her father, so it's only right that she was laid to rest in Kentucky after she passed away in 2014 at the age of 94.  According to FindAGrave.com she is buried in Pineville, Kentucky at the Pineville Cemetery. If you decide to take the trip to visit her grave, please remember she is someone's loved one and please respect her grave, and the cemetery when you visit.

In the video below you can see some photos of Marilyn and her sister throughout the years, and I think you'll agree there is definitely a family resemblance between the two.

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