Tag Archives: Marilyn

Misunderstood

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Foreshadowing of later pool  scene?

Foreshadowing of later pool scene?

Feeling a little misunderstood today so I thought I’d post some Marilyn pics.  I never tire of these.

Marilyn Late 1940s

Marilyn Late 1940s

Marilyn scowl

Marilyn scowl

Marilyn in Korea

Marilyn in Korea

Marilyn visiting Marines in Korea

Marilyn visiting Marines in Korea

Marilyn’s LIFE

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I have mentioned before I own an original copy of the June 22, 1962 Life magazine which has the Marilyn “skinny dip.”  On the cover of this magazine another tag line is “Cancer May Be Infectious”.  The magazine goes on to publish a 5 page article on how cancer is or may be infectious.  If any of you would like a copy of these pages, please let me know and I can get them to you.  There are many interesting things in the magazine, but the ads are some of the most interesting.  The cigarette ads and how glamourous smoking seems and the makeup advertisements.

Since the pictures were so controversial they were neatly tucked on page 87 of 92 pages in the June, 1962 Life.  Here are actual shots of the 4 page article.

Page 1 Marilyn article from Life

Page 1 Marilyn article from Life

Picture opposite text (above)

Picture opposite text (above)

LIfe's version of the "centerfold"

LIfe’s version of the “centerfold”

Page 3 of article (paragraph one)

Page 3 of article (paragraph one)

Page 3, paragraph 2

Page 3 of article (paragraph two)

Page 3 of article (paragraph 3)

Page 3 of article (paragraph 3)

Page 3 in its entirety

Page 3 in its entirety

Page 4 text

Page 4 text

Page 4 in its entirety

Page 4 in its entirety

I hope you enjoyed seeing the original article from the 1962 Life magazine.  If something isn’t clear, let me know, and I will clarify it.  Happy reading.

Photos by Lawrence Schiller

See my other Marilyn posts at:

Magnificent Marilyn published March 20, 2012

More Marilyn published April 29, 2012

Spring Into Vera Neumann published April 30, 2012

Marilyn Misunderstood published May 14, 2012

More Marilyn Mania published May 23, 2012

Marilyn Memories Magnified published May 30, 2012

Marilyn Memories Magnified

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As the 50th Anniversary of her death approaches, Marilyn Monroe is in the spotlight more than ever.  I love Marilyn and it seems there is still more to deliver.  I am loving all of these pictures.  I found this quote particularlly interesting:

A legend and Hollywood icon, Monroe wasn’t always so well known. In 1950, 20th Century Fox studios had just signed the young beauty, calling her “a hot tomato.” They offered Clark the chance to photograph her, but when he sent the shots to editors at LIFE, they were less than impressed. “Who the hell is Marilyn Monroe?” they wrote back in a telegram.

Marilyn in 1950 before she was discovered, Life magazine

Marilyn in 1950 after hired by 20th Century Fox, photographed for Life magazine

Marilyn at 24

Marilyn at 24

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

Very odd indeed is an X-ray dated Nov. 10, 1954.  This X-ray of Marilyn Monroe’s chest was obtained by a radiology resident at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.  The doctor later taught at the school and showed the X-ray to his students. Estimated value: $800 to $1,200.  Pretty ridiculous it seems.  An x-ray of her chest.  Talk about using everything for monetary gain!

X-ray of Marilyn's chest

X-ray of Marilyn’s chest

Some Like It Hot - back revealing in front and back

Some Like It Hot – dress revealing in front as well as back

Another exhibit showcasing some “never before seen” photographs will be on exhibit from May 31, 2012 – June 30, 2012.  The exhibit is entitled LAWRENCE SCHILLER – Marilyn and Me and will be on display at the Steven Kasher Gallery.  Lawrence Schiller will be there tomorrow for a public signing and opening reception for the exhibit and to sign his book Marilyn and Me which was published on May 29, 2012.  My review of the book to come.

Marilyn in pool - Something's Got To Give

Marilyn in pool – Something’s Got To Give

Wonderful Schiller photo

Wonderful Schiller photo

See my other Marilyn posts at:

Magnificent Marilyn published March 20, 2012

More Marilyn published April 29, 2012

Spring Into Vera Neumann published April 30, 2012

Marilyn Misunderstood published May 14, 2012

More Marilyn Mania published May 23, 2012

More to come I’m sure.  There are people all over talking about Vanity Fair’s article on Marilyn Monroe and Lawrence Schiller’s photographs, Playboy’s view on the photos and everyone else’s views.  It’s going to get interesting.

Happy viewing and reading!

More Marilyn Monroe Mania

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I have felt it for as long as I can remember, but since we are approaching what is the 50 year anniversary of her passing, everyone is feeling Marilyn Monroe Mania!  In Hollywood, CA Marilyn Monroe: The Exhibit will be open from June 1 through September 2, 2012 at the Hollywood Museum.  Some one of a kind, never before seen, items will appear in this exhibit.

Marilyn The Exhibit

Marilyn The Exhibit

A new favorite – from the exhibit

Taken by George Barris

Taken by George Barris

If you’re near here during the exhibit you’ve got to see this.  I am salivating looking at the items to be on display.  I love to travel . . .

Marilyn Misunderstood

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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.

Spring into Vera Neumann

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Love this Vera!

Love this Vera!

Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly wore them and now we’re looking for vintage everything.  I’d sure like to get my hands on a Vera.  How about you?

Here’s a little background on the designer.  Vera Neumann found linen supplies dwindling due to the war effort and went in search of alternative materials for her products. She came across some parachute silk at an army surplus store, an event which marked the beginning of her scarf business. She kept her signature on art transferred to the scarves, thus creating the first signature scarf in history. “Vera scarves” became immediately popular and Vera herself was soon on first-name terms with well-known women around the country. Marilyn Monroe was a fan as were Grace Kelly and First Lady Bess Truman, who selected Vera fabric from Schumacher, Inc. to decorate the third-floor solarium windows and upholstery of the White House. Women from around the country also chose Vera products for their color and cheerful prints.  There is also a Vera book.  You can find it here.

Do any of you have any Vera Neumann’s lying around?  I would be looking at resale and vintage stores because the scarves are popular right now.  How cool if you were Ana in Fifty Shades of Grey and had this orange striped Vera?

Marilyn wore the orange striped Vera Neumann at her last photo shoot with photographer, Bert Stern.  Too cool!

More Marilyn

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Marilyn 1950 Life

Marilyn 1950 Life

I can’t believe there are actually more shots of her I haven’t seen.  I am a huge fan and thought I’d seen them all.  Click here for portraits of Marilyn Monroe by Edward Clarke when she was 24 years old.

If you haven’t read my post last month about Marilyn here’s a link to that as well.  Happy browsing.

Christina