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A Chat With Marilyn: 1953

A Chat With Marilyn: 1953

Marilyn Monroe in 1953 at the Banff Springs Hotel while in Canada to film River of No Return. Photo by John Vachon for Look magazine. View full size.

 

Even girls

have a crush on Marilyn, she was so lovely. I enjoy seeing these photos of her so young and eager for her promising future.

Simply . . . .

. . . radiant.

Old Marilyn Photos

Many years ago, when I was doing free-lance work for Globe Rangefinder in NYC, I spent an hour or two looking through their files of Marilyn Monroe contact sheets with a linen tester magnifier.

These photos were taken in the early 1950s, and even when Miss Monroe sneezed, was caught offguard or made a goofy face at the camera, she looked amazing. An earlier comment by switzarch is so true: she seemingly just couldn't take a bad photo.

The 55 Year Itch

When I was but five years old, I tore a full page photo of this enchantress from "Life" magazine and, after folding it reverently, secured it in my plastic Roy Rogers billfold and carried it everywhere I chanced. I find myself still enthralled to her at age 60 with no hope of manumission. Her song ended long ago, but O! How her melody lingers on.

Before

I love the photos of her before she got to be really famous. She looks so much more beautiful in this photo!!!! More natural.

Candid

She never took a bad photo. And in 50 years, she will still be admired for her beauty. The girl you wished lived next door.

 
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