‘I Was There When Marilyn Posed!’

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