‘Glamour of the Gods’

The photo above was taken by Ernest Bachrach while Marilyn was filming Clash By Night in 1952. (Note the book on the pavement: her exercise bible, The Thinking Body by Mabel Elsworth Todd.)

This photo – one of my favourites – features in ‘Glamour of the Gods’, an exhibition dedicated to classic Hollywood photography, featuring pictures from the John Kobal Foundation, opening at London’s National Portrait Gallery on July 7, running until October 23.

John Kobal was the author of Marilyn Monroe: A Life on Film (1974), one of the first picture books on Marilyn, and another of my personal favourites (it was only the second book that I read about her, and the first illustrated!)

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