Marilyn Monroe on the set of The Misfits, 1960.
On April 17, 1952, “The Lyons Den” had the following item: “PHOTO DEPT: 20th Century- Fox tried in vain to suppress the calendar which displayed the nude photo of MM. The studio is not trying to stop Miss Monroe from autographing the picture, which shows her lying nude, on her left side.” Lucien Ballard, the cameraman who’d filmed Jane Russell’s provocative movie The Outlaw, sent his copy of the calendar to the star for autographing.
She obliged and wrote: “This is not my best side.”
- Stories My Father Told Me: Notes From “The Lyons Den” by Jeffrey Lyons
Marilyn photographed in her room at the Ambassador Hotel in NYC by Ed Feingersh in March 1955.
We are all born sexual creatures,thank God, but it’s a pity so many people despise and crush this natural gift.
— Marilyn Monroe
The furore over her reached a feverish peak several months ago when patrons of a Sunset Strip saloon detected a stimulating resemblance to the poodle-clipped, blue-eyed star in a lithographed nude on the bar mirror, entitled “New Wrinkle” and luxuriating on folds of red velvet. At the same time, a garage mechanic in nearby Glendale was said to have been fired for watching not the clock but a calendar called “Golden Dreams,” featuring the lass’s all.
As the news was shouted from roof tops, headlines, antennas and Korean foxholes, her studio was thrown into a minor state of alarm. Not since Hedy Lamarr appeared in the revealing old film “Ecstasy” had an actress been so daring- and Hedy had been excused on the grounds that her skin stint was intended for blase Europeans and some cad had imported her shame and exposed it to innocent American eyes.
But Marilyn was as much as saying she did it for pay and she was glad. Her Studio Club room rent had been overdue, and what was a hard-working starlet to do if a photographed wanted to commit her charms to posterity’s emulsion?
“Besides, his wife was present at the sitting,” Marilyn pouted, and this made everything all right and proper. “I’m not ashamed. I’ve done nothing wrong, although if I had known I was to become a star, I wouldn’t have done it.”
-The Story Behind Marilyn Monroe by Grady Johnson for Coronet (October 1952, Vol. 32, No.6)
Miss Norma Jean modeling, 1940s
Footage by Leo Cailoa
Marilyn by Milton Greene in 1954.
Marilyn on the set of ‘The Misfits” with Clark Gable, Evelyn Moriarty, Eli Wallach, Montgomery Clift and Paula Strasberg. Photographed by Eve Arnold.
Adam Victor’s “The Marilyn Encyclopedia”: Press [Part 5]Press interest in Marilyn during her time in England that year also was frenzied. If she and Arthur went out to the theater, which they did on numerous occasions, they were blocked by crowds of pressmen until police could clear a path. Miller writes that most of what was printed in British papers during their stay was fictitious,conversations invented by editors. One day, however, a conversations they had had in the privacy of their own home was repeated almost verbatim in a daily newspaper. The leak was traced back to the Hungarian servants: they were reprimanded by a British security operative, ex-policeman Roger Hunt, who acted as Marilyn’s bodyguard in England, and threatened the servants with immediate repatriation to Budapest if it ever happened again.
Journalists and photographers lay in wait every morning from 8 A.M. outside the Millers’ Sutton Place apartment. One morning when Marilyn attempted to leave home incognito, the press pursued her out of the service entrance and took photos of her among the garbage cans.