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From the beginning of her modeling career in 1944 as Norma Jeane Mortensen to her death as the voluptuous Hollywood icon in 1962, Marilyn Monroe posed for thousands of modeling and publicity photos, scores of which have long been forgotten or abandoned in neglected studio archives. This book collects 100 of the rarest of the rare, seldom previously seen images of her brief modeling career, early days on the 20th Century Fox lot, then in candids between scene takes and traveling as a public figure as the wife of Arthur Miller and Joe DiMaggio. For the Monroe fans who think that they have seen it all, this book will provide a new lens on a beloved American icon.
Don't dismiss this collection of candid, behind-the-scenes photographs of Marilyn Monroe as another attempt to cash in on the troubled life and tragic death of the famed actress. Monroe wanted to be seen as more than a sex symbol, and the photos assembled here are directed toward that goal. The book is split into five sections: "Norma Jeane" shows her as a child and a fresh-faced young model prior to going to Hollywood; "Actress" gathers studio stills and screen and wardrobe tests from her early Hollywood days; "Model" shows publicity photos and magazine shoots from after her studio contract; and finally, "Celebrity" shows her public appearances as a full-fledged star. The second and third sections prove most revealing. "Actress" showcases the role of costume design in Monroe's career such as through Orry-Kelly's Oscar-winning work for her 1955 film The Seven Year Itch and "Model" is filled with images that the star helped style herself. As she's quoted as saying, photographers "think they arrange me to suit themselves, but I use them to put myself over." This compilation reveals her as a sensitive, intelligent, and conflicted beauty whose love affair with the camera outlasted all of her marriages and even her untimely death.