53 Years Ago…

Marilyn by George Barris, July 1962

The world learned of¬†Marilyn’s death on Sunday, August 5th, 1962.

“Her final Summer was it
And yet we guessed it not;
If tenderer industriousness
Pervaded her, we thought

A further force of life
Developed from within,
When Death lit all the shortness up
It made the hurry plain.

We wondered at our blindness
When nothing was to see,
But her Carrara guide-post
At our stupidity,

When duller than our dullness
The busy darling lay,
So busy was she, finishing,
So leisurely were we!”

– Emily Dickinson

 

Marilyn Gets ‘Closer’ in August

Marilyn in Let’s Make Love (1960)

Rare photos from Limited Runs’ touring Red Velvet Collection exhibit – showcased alongside Tom Kelley’s nudes – are featured in this week’s Closer (US only), with George Clooney on the cover.

Here are a selection of rare photos from the exhibition, taken during filming of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

And a few more from Let’s Make Love.

‘My Heart Belongs to Daddy’

‘Before Marilyn’ in Sunday’s Mirror

A selection of photos from Michelle Morgan and Astrid Franse’s new book, Before Marilyn: The Blue Book Modelling Years, is published on The Mirror‘s website today. (In an earlier version of this post, I said that it would also be in Sunday’s print edition. Rather confusingly, it was published in the People instead. Apologies to anyone who was caught out – and if it’s any consolation, so was I!)

FYI: the photos in this post were taken by Richard Whiteman in 1946. The intriguing story behind the mystery shoot is revealed in Before Marilyn – you can read my review here.