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Marilyn Monroe and Andy Griffith are Birthday Twins

Side-by-side photos of Andy Griffith and Marilyn Monroe.

Grab some chips, then call your neighbors and tell them that American icons Andy Griffith and Marilyn Monroe were both born on the very same day: June 1 of 1926.

They presented two rather different views of America back in the day, you might say. Andy was the hayseed star of No Time for Sergeants and then the beloved small-town sheriff on TV’s The Andy Griffith Show.

Meanwhile, in the big city, Marilyn Monroe was losing her dress straps and driving Tom Ewell wild in The Seven Year Itch (1956).

You may pick the world you’d prefer to live in.

Their paths diverged, you might say. Marilyn Monroe died of a drug overdose in 1962, just as The Andy Griffith Show was settling in for a long run among TV’s top 10 shows.  Andy Griffith is still going strong, it’s nice to report; his last film was Play the Game in 2009.

[Update: Mr. Griffith died and was buried immediately on July 3, 2012.]

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