Marilyn Misunderstood


I just read the article, A Splash of Marilyn in the June Vanity Fair.  In short, I am stunned, amazed, beyond interested and intrigued by Lawrence Schiller and his relationship with Marilyn Monroe.

I have 20+ books on Marilyn Monroe and Schiller never entered my radar as the photographer who scooped the Something’s Got To Give Life magazine “pool shots”.  He has a book coming out next month by Doubleday entitled Marilyn and Me: a Photographer’s Memories  and I am in line.  If you want to shell out a grand you can purchase Marilyn & Me:  A Memoir in Words.

Pool scene

Pool Scene

The best news is I have the 1962 Life magazine with Marilyn on the cover.  It wasn’t in plastic until now.

Marilyn 1962

Marilyn 1962

I have always thought, as most everyone else, Marilyn was misunderstood and so tainted by her abuse she could barely function as a human being.  Being turned into a sex symbol was both something she wanted and didn’t want.  She never lost track of Norma Jean I don’t think.  I cannot say enough great things about this article.  Vanity Fair has really outdone itself this time with an exclusive on an exclusive.

Beautiful Marilyn

Beautiful Marilyn

Birthday suit so close to birthday

Birthday suit so close to birthday

I don’t want to spoil the article and I don’t think I will since it is one of the longest articles I have ever read in Vanity Fair.  One quote nearly brought me to tears.

Marilyn was talking to photographer Schiller and she said “I always have a full-length mirror next to the camera when I’m doing publicity stills.  That way I know how I look.”  Schiller asked, “So do you pose for the photographer or the mirror?”  Marilyn replied, “The mirror.  I can always find Marilyn in the mirror.”

This quote gives me chills.  I also got chills at the end of the article.  Buy this magazine or go to your local library and read the article there.   Let me know what you all think.


About lucygracesmom

I am a mom of one 10 year old and stepmother to three wonderful adults; ages 20, 23 and 25. The youngest child is just beginning Fifth grade at Ashland Elementary in the Gifted/Quest program. She enjoys playing violin, archery and everything scientific. Mary Stewart is beginning her last year of medical school at Case Western in Cleveland. She and her fiancé, Franklin, plan to marry next June! Charles Morgan just graduated from the College of Charleston and will be beginning Post-Baccalaureate work next month. Betsy is living the college dream at Ole Miss in Oxford studying Business and the most fun ways to party. She plans to take the LSAT next summer! We are very blessed in the family department. My husband is a lawyer specializing in Intellectual Property, computer and entertainment law. We are in the eighth year since starting our own business, Montague Law PLLC. I have the title Operational Manager which means the administrative end of the business (yuk) and now some new and fun work on the firm's website. We live in Lexington, KY or as many know it – horse country. Everything around here is horse-themed and it is a very beautiful area to live in and raise a family. I have many interests that span art, sciences, education, books, computer science and security and one of my greatest passions is design. One of my favorite blogs is Grace Bonney’s Design Sponge. I like living the simple life, spending time with my family and reading and writing about my interests in my blog. One of my hopes in developing this blog is to share with you the many things I enjoy so that you may enjoy them too. I love sharing cool information with people who appreciate it. I like pinning on Pinterest, keeping track of my high school friends, college friends and family on Facebook and don’t tell anyone, but I sometimes re-shelve books at the library because I enjoy it.

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  1. Ah thanks … but I do have to admit I prefer the slightly bigger version of Marilyn, I always thoughts she had the most fantastic curves … I think I would have loved to interview her and get to know teh real her. Sadly shew as before my time but in my eyes one of the last truly big stars

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