These extracts from Maurice Zolotow’s Marilyn Monroe: The Uncensored Biography, published in the Los Angeles Daily Mirror on this week in 1960, cover Marilyn’s early career, including her modelling work with David Conover and Tom Kelley, her romance with Fred Karger, and her scene with Groucho Marx in Love Happy (1949.)
“There were just three of us in the studio that night – Marilyn, Tom Kelley and myself. As Marilyn stretched out on the red velvet floor throw, I could hear Tom gasp. Dressed, her cheap clothes had hidden some of her beauty. Now she was a revelation.
Besides, this wasn’t just a beauty – this was a girl with an instinct for drama and showmanship. Her lips parted provocatively, her body was arched and magnificent. There was a catlike grace about her and she fell into natural poses without our having to direct her.”
Natalie Kelley Grasco, speaking in Movie Star Parade, July 1953. Full interview at Everlasting Star – thanks to April