Above: Earl Theisen demonstrating to Marilyn the pose that he would like her to perform. This photo was taken by Rupert Allan.

Below: Marilyn Monroe posing for an article in Quick called “Marilyn Monroe: The New Jean Harlow.” This photo was taken by Earl Theisen himself.

These photos were taken in Los Angeles, October, 1951.

Marilyn Monroe posing for an article in Quick called “Marilyn Monroe: The New Jean Harlow.”

The photos were taken in Los Angeles by Earl Theisen.

October, 1951.

scarlettjosie asked:
What is your favorite MM book

I think I’d say my favourite MM book is “Fragments" purely because it is filled with Marilyn’s own writing. That book is one of the reasons I originally fell in love with her; because I was able to relate on such a personal level.


If you’re looking for books about MM however, then I’d recommend:

  • "MM: Private and Undisclosed" by Michele Morgan
  • "Marilyn Monroe, The Biography" by Donald Spoto
  • "The secret life of Marilyn Monroe" by Randy J Taraborrelli
  • "My Story" by Marilyn and Ben Hecht

Finally, if it’s photo books/coffee table books you’re after then I’d suggest:

  •  “Marilyn by Magnum” – Beautiful photos of Marilyn by a variety of photographers.  
  • “Marilyn, Initmate Exposures” -  by Bernard of Hollywood – This book has a number of early shots of Marilyn and is just a beautiful book as a whole.
  • “The Lost Look Photos August 1953”  - Photographs by John Vachon. Lots of stunning photos in this one. Personally photos of Marilyn from the 50s are my favourite.
  •  “Marilyn Monroe: Metamorphosis” by David Wills – if you’re only looking for one photography book this is definitely the one you should get. It’s wonderful.

Hope this was helpful! 

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Marilyn Monroe photographed at the Beverly Carlton hotel by Phil Burchman for Photoplay magazine in 1951. 

Marilyn Monroe reading a script. Photographed at the Beverly Carlton hotel by Phil Burchman for Photoplay magazine in 1951. 

Marilyn Monroe photographed at the Beverly Carlton hotel by Phil Burchman for Photoplay magazine in 1951. 

Marilyn Monroe photographed by Philippe Halsman for the “Bohemian Girl” sitting in 1954.

Marilyn photographed in “The Gold Dress Sitting.” Photos by Milton H Greene. Taken on 9th and 10th of September 1954, at Greene’s second studio at 480 Lexington Avenue, in New York. 

Marilyn photographed in “The Gold Dress Sitting.” Photos by Milton H Greene. Taken on 9th and 10th of September 1954, at Greene’s second studio at 480 Lexington Avenue, in New York. 

Marilyn photographed in “The Gold Dress Sitting.” Photos by Milton H Greene. Taken on 9th and 10th of September 1954, at Greene’s second studio at 480 Lexington Avenue, in New York. 

Marilyn photographed in “The Gold Dress Sitting.” Photos by Milton H Greene. Taken on 9th and 10th of September 1954, at Greene’s second studio at 480 Lexington Avenue, in New York. 

Marilyn photographed in “The Gold Dress Sitting.” Photos by Milton H Greene. Taken on 9th and 10th of September 1954, at Greene’s second studio at 480 Lexington Avenue, in New York. 

Marilyn Monroe in a publicity photo for the film The Prince and The Showgirl. Taken by Richard Avedon, 1957.

Marilyn Monroe in a publicity photo for the film The Prince and The Showgirl. Taken by Richard Avedon, 1957.

Marilyn Monroe in a publicity photo for the film The Prince and The Showgirl. Taken by Richard Avedon, 1957.