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The Nightcap: 1955

The Nightcap: 1955

August 1955. "Actress Marilyn Monroe in bed." Color transparency from photos by Milton Greene for the Look magazine assignment "The New Marilyn Monroe." Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Collection. View full size.

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She looks sort of contentedly sleepy to me, but I don't see sadness in this photo at all. Instead, I think it's the hottest photo of MM I've ever seen. Hubba-hubba!

Oh, Marilyn!

My old heart just stopped when I saw this shot...OK, I'm 67 and she's been gone a long time, but she still does it for me. Thank you, Dave.

A beggar for love?

Fragile and vulnerable, Marilyn has an imploring look on her face.
It looks like it is one of those off guard moments, when her real self surfaces... What a pity! What a waste!

Thank You

Marilyn and Sophia for leading me from boyhood to manhood by the hand.

It's been a long time

Sad to realize that the sad looking young woman has been gone for 53 years and yet is instantly recognizeable.


She looks worried or unhappy.

Truly one of a kind.

Nobody compares to Marilyn Monroe. Matter of fact, can't think of any contemporary actresses who compare to the likes of Hedy Lamarr, Barbara Stanwyck, Rita Hayworth, etc.

Troubled times?

Is it just me, or does Norma Jean look here more like a sad little girl than a sexy starlet?

The tumbler of the '50s

I wonder if she got her anodized aluminum tumblers the way we got ours: by buying cottage cheese that came packed in them. Probably not.

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