I've often thought about how vastly underrated Marilyn Monroe is. Although she may be properly lauded as a sex symbol, movie star and fashionista, one rarely hears much about her distinctive singing voice.
She is actually one of my favorite singers of that era. Her voice had an unexpectedly low quality and a little quavery vibrato at the end of her phrases adding her trademark sexiness and vulnerability. Marilyn, although keeping her style consistent, was also able to effectively act out her song - quite a difficult thing to master. Watch her in Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend, I'm Through With Love and (my favorite) I Wanna Be Loved By You - totally different! And yet all equally her.