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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

We (Heart) Marilyn: 1953

We (Heart) Marilyn: 1953

Hollywood, 1953. "Actress Marilyn Monroe at home." 35mm color transparency by Alfred Eisenstaedt, Life magazine image archive. View full size.

The Mask Slips Off

My favorite photo of Marilyn Monroe. The June 1962 3-day Bert Stern shoot (2,500 photos) for Vogue magazine, six weeks before her death at age 36. For one brief moment, the Marilyn mask slips off before the camera & you catch a glimpse of the real woman. How sad. She finally looks like a human being & not a tired cliche.

Beautiful

This picture is a perfect example of why Marilyn Monroe's beauty is timeless.

R-r-r-r-r-!

Not so many of the beauties of that era stand the test of time. Grace Kelly works for me and I wasn't even born until after she retired from filmmaking. A shot like this makes you realize what all the fuss was about with regard to Marilyn.

Real Norma Jean

A woman with extraordinary beauty. A great photo where she is not the "image" of Marilyn.

Norma's books

I have several shots of Marilyn deeply engrossed in a novel, or what appear to be novels and the titles on the shelf can clearly be seen . . .
but, apparently I lack the mental horsepower required to attach them here.

Foy
Las vegas

Scared Little Girl

A wonderful photograph. Why wouldn't it be considering the subject and the photographer? Marilyn certainly has a look of apprehension in this shot.

I wish I could read the titles of the books.

 
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