Marilyn and the Hollywood Dogs

A publicity photo of a young Marilyn playing with a Cocker Spaniel on Santa Monica Beach features in a new coffee table book, Hollywood Dogs: Photographs From the John Kobal Foundation.

The photo is sometimes credited to Joseph Jasgur, but I’m not sure if this is correct. In the book, the photo is dated to 1948, two years after they last worked together. The photographer is not named in Hollywood Dogs, but it’s said to have been taken while Marilyn was signed to Columbia, where she was often photographed by Ed Cronenwerth (although their work was mostly studio-based.)

I have posted more from the series below…

A preview of Hollywood Dogs, over at the Vanity Fair website, also includes one of Eric Skipsey’s famous shots of Marilyn with her beloved Maltese poodle, Maf, in 1961.

Eric Skipsey, 1961
Eric Skipsey, 1961


Marilyn’s Yoga Connection

“Marilyn’s latest kick is yoga,” wrote gossip columnist Walter Winchell in 1956…”To improve her legs, she says.”

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The photo above was used for a fascinating cover article in February 2006 for the UK’s Yoga magazine, written by Michelle Morgan, author of Marilyn Monroe: Private and Undisclosed (and herself an experienced yoga instructor), regarding Marilyn’s own lifelong quest for self-improvement, whether through reading, art, lifting weights or jogging.

The photo is part of a series taken by Ed Cronenwerth as early as 1948, while Marilyn was under contract to Columbia (where she won her first starring role in a minor musical, Ladies of the Chorus.)

While there is little evidence to suggest that Marilyn practised yoga regularly, she was certainly one of the first Hollywood stars to champion the traditional eastern discipline. Monroe is also said to have pursued further instruction in the final year of her life.

George Barris, 1962