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The Babysitter: 1952

The Babysitter: 1952

L.A., August 1952. "Marilyn Monroe attending a publicity event for the film Don't Bother to Knock." Photo by Earl Theisen for Look magazine. View full size.

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Reality Check

In 1952 I knew Marilyn Monroe was unobtainable but I did eventually get the Cadillac.

I noticed the

1951 Cadillac on the right of Marilyn's legs. Just a sign of old age to notice the car first.

Adorable M.M.

Marilyn is put in contrast with an image of herself, and yet the photo is about a woman who is so beautiful, and one who could be almost the same, were she to go through a makeover and a change of attitude.


Someone famously described the sight of Marilyn Monroe walking away as "two puppies fighting under a blanket."


The boy by the fence of course.

Just Trivia

About this time she and Shirley Maclaine were roommates.
Marilyn stayed home a lot because Shirley got all the dates!

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