I found these little known photos about iconic Marilyn Monroe that I thought I could share with you. All over the world Marilyn has been always well-known, not much for her movies starring, but more for her beauty and gossip about her. So I’m glad to begin with a Chanel campaign about the iconic fragrance Chanel No 5.
Ho trovato queste immagini, alcune inedite, di Marilyn Monroe, una delle più iconiche dive degli anni ’60, e ho pensato di ripercorrere i tratti salienti della sua carriera attraverso le sue foto e i suoi video più celebri. Chanel ha deciso di pubblicare registrazioni e foto inedite che testimoniano il debole dell’attrice per il profumo Chanel No. 5.
Marilyn had much difficulty to become an actress. First she worked like a model, then in 1946 she contracted with 20th Century Fox; during the same period the famous make-up artist Max Factor and his son Max Factor Jr. opened thier beauty salon for actors and actresses Studios, where Marilyn’s style was changed from Norma Jeane to the iconic Marilyn Monroe, with platinum blonde hair and red lips.
Here below some rare pics shot in 1952 describing a young Marilyn posing in her little apartament in Hollywood for Life Magazine’s cover.
Only in 1953 she became a star, starring in Niagara by Henry Hathaway. But that’s not all, because the real movie that gave her the fame till nowasays is Gentlemen prefer blondes (1953) starring also Jane Russell, with the famous scene and song Diamonds are a girl best friend.
Here some unpublished pics shot in her bedroom for Modern Screen with the Chanel perfume for the first time in a photo with the diva.
Her first known international achievement? The Seven Year Itch by Billy Wilder and the most popular and iconic scene in the history of the cinema, as you can see below. Firstly this scene was shot at 1.00 a.m in Lexington Avenue, but because of all the crew and the famous actress, the set was rushed by the fans, so later Wilder moved to a 20th Century Fox’s setting to shoot the same scene.
Another important achievement in The Prince and The Showgirl by Laurence Olivier, the unique movie produced by her own Marilyn Monroe Production.
The 60s mark the last chapter of her life. Her last film is The Misfits and in this period photographer Eve Arnold took these pics at the Hollywood Paramount Gallery.
Fashion and cinema became an inseparable couple thanks to the iconic diva, her beauty, her fame, her weakness, her trends followed even today.
Marilyn is not my best image of actress actually. I prefer divas such as Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Claudia Cardinale, Brigitte Bardot and Liz Taylor beacuse of their acting talent and the kind of women they play in movies, always feminine but also indipendent girls, the kind of woman who is not Marilyn in her real life and in her movies. Director Alfred Hitchcock always dismissed Marilyn as too obvious:
“I’ve never been very keen on women who hang their sex round their neck like baubles. I think it should be discovered. It’s more interesting to discover the sex in a woman than it is to have it thrown at you, like a Marilyn Monroe or those types (Sophia Loren). To me they are rather vulgar and obvious.”