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Marilyn Monroe

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She's the most famous blonde of all time, but Norma Jean Baker was actually born -- gasp! -- a ginger. In the nude shots that launched her career, a 22-year-old Norma is distinctly strawberry blonde.

But gentlemen prefer blondes, and after hitting the peroxide her transformation to platinum sex symbol Marilyn Monroe was complete.

Maureen O'Hara

Even at 90, Hollywood icon Maureen O'Hara is still rocking flame-red hair and her signature shade of lippie.

The Quiet Man actress is surely the reason technicolour was invented. Ginger hair didn't stop the Dublin beauty -- who launched the Maureen O'Hara Legacy Centre in Cork this month -- being named the most beautiful woman on the planet in her prime.

Jessica Rabbit

Sure, she's a cartoon character -- but like a red-headed Angelina Jolie, the rampant Rabbit advanced the cause of gingers everywhere in the 1988 comedy Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

Eagle-eyed boy fans wore out the pause button on the remote over rumours that the sultry night club singer appears sans undies in the movie.

But as Mrs Roger Rabbit herself would purr: "I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way."

Irish Independent

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