Lawrence ‘Larry’ Schiller, whose nude photos of Marilyn during filming of Something’s Got to Give are currently on view at the Duncan Miller Gallery in Los Angeles, has spoken to the Hollywood Reporter.
“I knew Marilyn over a two-year period. I met her first on a movie called Let’s Make Love. I photographed her at that time on and off through the time of her death. I was 22 years old and she was 34 or 35. The relationship was not a sexual relationship. It was very much a relationship of a young guy who isn’t even that good of a photographer yet and how she teaches him how to take pictures of her. She shows me how the light would be better from this angle or that angle…The dumb blonde was a great performance. She had shaped this voice to go with it.”
‘12 Photographs‘, a selection of nudes taken by Lawrence Schiller during filming of the pool scene in Something’s Got to Give, will be on display at the Duncan Miller Gallery, Venice Beach, from October 21-November 26.
While you’re in Venice Beach, why not check out the work of pop artist Ron English at Post No Bills (featuring a screenprint, ‘Marilyn Comic‘.)
“Catherine Hicks‘s performance in the 1980 made-for-television biography Marilyn: The Untold Story is generally regarded as the best biographical portrayal of Marilyn Monroe. Produced by Lawrence Schiller, the photographer who took the famous nude photos of Marilyn on the set of Something’s Got to Give, Marilyn: The Untold Story was based on Norman Mailer’s ‘novel biography.’
The film was enhanced by the participation of three talented directors, including Hollywood veteran Jack Arnold. The impressive roster of behind-the-scenes personnel ensured pleasant entertainment, but the three-hour drama lacks insight into Marilyn’s personality and fails to add anything new to the Monroe lore and literature.
Hicks, whose thoughtful performance is the highlight of the production, managed to capture Marilyn’s voice and mannerisms and suggest her alluring presence without resorting to caricature.
Hicks received a well-earned Emmy nomination. (In an ironic twist, Monroe ‘replacement’ Sheree North appears in this film in the role of Marilyn’s mother.)” – Susan Doll, author of Marilyn: Her Life and Legend
The opening scenes from this hard-to-find biopic are now on Youtube, with more to follow.