Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe had affairs with women, a new book alleges.

In the new book Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox, author Lois Banner raises questions about Monroe's sexuality.

“She had affairs with many eminent men – baseball great Joe DiMaggio, playwright Arthur Miller, director Elia Kazan, actor Marlon Brando, singer Frank Sinatra, the Kennedy brothers – and she married DiMaggio and Miller. Yet she desired women, had affairs with them, and worried that she might be lesbian by nature,” Banner wrote at UK's The Guardian.

Fifty years after her death at the age of 36, the world is still talking about the actress who took the world by storm.

In a separate book, Marilyn Monroe: My Little Secret, author Tony Jerris claims Monroe had an affair with a 16-year-old girl while working at RKO studio.

“How could she be the world's heterosexual sex goddess and desire women,” Banner wrote. “How could she have the world's most perfect body on the outside and have such internal imperfections? Why was she unable to bear a child? The adult Marilyn was haunted by these questions.”