New TCM Poll: No One Equals Marilyn Monroe

A new Turner Classic Movies (TCM) poll gauges how modern movies, stars and filmmakers stack up against Hollywood icons. The sometimes surprising results show that Johnny Depp fills Errol Flynn’s shoes, and Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt capture some of the glamour of power couple Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. But, when it comes to sex symbols, no one is quite like Marilyn Monroe.

TCM’s survey – conducted during the week of Oct. 18 – is part of the build-up to the Monday, Nov. 1, premiere of the new, seven-part documentary series MOGULS & MOVIE STARS: A HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD. TCM’s MOGULS & MOVIE STARS survey included 1,000 adults, with 43% who identified themselves as “classic film enjoyers.”

One of the questions of the survey related specifically to the iconic legend, Marilyn Monroe:

Marilyn Monroe was an iconic star and sex symbol. Among the following, who would you consider to be today’s “Marilyn?”

  • Angelina Jolie: 25%
  • Scarlett Johansson: 16%
  • Halle Berry: 14%
  • Charlize Theron: 10%
  • Uma Thurman: 3%
  • None of the above: 33%

Did TCM really need to conduct a survey to learn that no one compares to Marilyn Monroe?

To read the full report and see the results for the complete survey, click here.