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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.

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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.


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


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.

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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