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Happy 4th of July! Vintage pin-up photos of Marilyn Monroe and more

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Happy Fourth of July! Enjoy these vintage pin-up photos of classic Hollywood actresses, including Marilyn Monroe, celebrating the Fourth with flags, firecrackers and plenty of stars and stripes.

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Among the photos featured:

A bikini-clad Marilyn Monroe warning you of the dangers of fireworks.

Dancer Ann Miller ("Kiss Me Kate") strutting her stuff in front of an enormous American flag, as well as preparing to light some over-sized fireworks

A young Elizabeth Taylor celebrating a Western-style Fourth.

Dancer Cyd Charisse ("The Band Wagon") promoting patriotism and war bonds.

Vera-Ellen ("On the Town") ringing in the Fourth with the Liberty Bell

Silent star Colleen Moore ("Flaming Youth") borrows Uncle Sam's stars and stripes suit.

Carole Wells (of TV's "National Velvet") hitches a ride on a high-flying firecracker.

Silent screen star Alice White ("Gentlemen Prefer Blondes") sports a headdress made of stars.

Betty Hutton ("The Greatest Show on Earth") imitates Annie Oakley.

Raquel Welch ("One Million Years B.C.") dresses in stars and stripes.

Back in the day, these often scantily clad cheesecake shots were a mandatory part of the program for all up-and-coming stars, with ingenues posing with flags, Christmas trees and hearts galore. Even the more established actresses didn't mind waving a flag or two for publicity, especially during World War II.

Have a safe and happy holiday, wherever you're celebrating.

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