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