Marilyn beat our current queen of cleavage Holly Willoughby who still managed to come in second in the poll.
According to retailer Next more than half of all their female customers wear a bra with a cup size of DD or bigger. They asked 1,000 people shopping (both men and women) who were buying from their Gorgeous range for the bigger busted woman which famous woman they thought had the best bust.
Although in just under 6 weeks Marilyn will have been dead for 50 years it is clear that she has certainly not been forgotten. She was famous for her sexy performances in films such as The Seven Year Itch, How To Marry A Millionaire and Some Like It Hot.
She started off with a variety of small acting roles but in 1949 when she was short of money she was persuaded by photographer Tom Kelley to pose nude for the princely sum of $50. In 1952 one of these nude photos of Marilyn appeared in a calendar at a time when she was just starting to get more movie roles. After giving an interview explaining the circumstances behind the photos Marilyn received mostly positive public support.
She did a further nude shoot with photographer Bert Stern for US Vogue magazine just 6 weeks before she died The photos in this shoot were later published separately and are known as The Last Sitting.
in case you were wondering what size Marilyn was she was said to be a dress size 16 (although this is a little smaller than our modern UK size 16) and wear a size 36D bra.
The Top 10 Best Busts of All-Time as voted for by Next customers are:
- Marilyn Monroe
- Holly Willoughby
- Liz Hurley
- Kelly Brook
- Sophia Loren
- Scarlett Johansson
- Christina Hendricks
- Kim Kardashian
- Dita Von Teese
Mangan will be best known to UK television viewers as the woman-chasing anaesthestist Guy Secretan from the brilliant Green Wing or his role as the holistic detective Dirk Gently in the BBC series of the same name. Mangan announced via Twitter last month that the BBC had no plans to commission a second series of Dirk Gently.
Birthday also stars Lisa Dillon, Mary Smith from Cranford, as his high-flying wife who decides that she doesn’t want to carry another child through pregnancy after the problems she suffered with the birth of their first child. Cue husband Ed, played by Mangan, who agrees to carry the child instead of his wife.
To play the part Mangan has to wear a latex bodysuit for each performance that wears a very tiring 2 stone. Mangan has described the role as being very physically exhausting, especially as he is on-stage for the entire play.
Playwright Penhall was moved to write the play after his wife had 2 bad experiences giving birth to their young sons William and Ned. He says of the new play: “I wanted to show my wife that I understood viscerally, deep down, the humiliation, degradation, boredom, horror and fear that she’d somehow managed to surf with incredible dignity. So it was partly a kind of present for her but it was also partly because I was curious as to how men would be able to handle it. I was absolutely sure that no man I knew would be able to handle it with the same class and grace as my wife did.”
If you want to see a man giving birth then Birthday is on at the Royal Court Theatre from now until 04 August.