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They said about Marilyn Monroe

They said about Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn and David Conover 1953

Marilyn and David Conover 1953

Marilyn and Alfred Eisenstaedt 1954

Marilyn and Alfred Eisenstaedt 1954

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Marilyn and Cecil Beaton 1956


“Miss Marilyn Monroe calls to mind the bouquet of a fireworks display, eliciting from her awed spectators an open-mouthed chorus of ohs and ahs ...” - Cecil Beaton, June 1956

In 1956, the year he photographed Marilyn, Cecil Beaton was world-renowned for his fashion photographs and his portraits of those in high society. Even today, he is remembered as one of the world's most famous and finest photographers of the world's most famous and finest subjects of the 20th century.

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Born into a middle class family in 1904 in Hampstead, England, Cecil first learned about photography from his nanny. She taught him the basics of camerawork, as well as all he needed to know about developing his film. He owned his first camera at age 11, and started out mainly photographing his sisters Nancy and Baba. A lifelong passion was born. At around 20, he installed a photography studio in his home in Sussex Gardens, London. He created his own backgrounds and used all sorts of luxurious decor and props for his subjects. He thoroughly enjoyed the photographic results of the freedom found in having his own studio and creating his own environment. He wrote: “Till now my pictures have been ordinary attempts to make people look as beautiful as possible, but these are fantastic and amusing.”

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Beaton’s first published work was in VOGUE magazine, and in the 1930‘s and 1940‘s, Beaton was a staff photographer for both VOGUE and VANITY FAIR, two of the most popular and respected fashion magazines in the world. He also spent this time in Hollywood, photographing some of the biggest stars of the day, such as John Wayne, Buster Keaton, Gary Cooper, Carole Lombard, Greta Garbo, and Mae West. The elegant style displayed in the resulting photographs sealed his reputation as one of the most respected photographers of his time.

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On February 22, 1956, Cecil Beaton took on a unique assignment in Marilyn Monroe. Until approximately one year before, Marilyn was primarily photographed in the skimpy and revealing, the Queen of the Pin-Up. But, at the close of 1954, during her divorce from baseball legend Joe DiMaggio, Marilyn took action on her longing to be respected, not only as an actress, but as a person. She was suspended from her film studio, 20th-Century Fox, for refusing roles in THE GIRL IN THE RED VELVET SWING and the proposed musical version of the same story called THE GIRL IN PINK TIGHTS. She felt the roles were a repeat of many of her previous parts - A body with a voice, and little else. Marilyn took off for the refuge of New York City. She partnered with Milton Greene, a photographer who she both personally and professionally liked and respected. Together, they formed Marilyn Monroe Productions.Marilyn and Cecil Beaton 1956-picture 4 In a live television interview with Edward R. Murrow conducted on April 8, 1955, she said that the purpose of the production company was “primarily to contribute to help making good pictures. ... It’s not that I object to doing musicals or comedy. In fact I rather enjoy it. but I would like to do also dramatic parts, too." She sought help from the widely-renowned Lee Strasberg, the head of the illustrious Actor’s Studio, enrolling in his classes and taking private lessons from him. In addition, she hired Lee’s wife Paula as her private on-set drama coach, a job she retained until Marilyn’s passing. Marilyn felt that with their help, she could finally reach her goal of becoming a truly good actress, someone who was looked upon with respect, rather than made a joke, as she so often was. Blonde hair, bosom, and a butt. She knew she was more than that, so she surrounded herself with people who believed in her, wanting the world to see her as they did. Thus, in 1956, when she entered the suite of the Ambassador Hotel in New York City, to meet with Cecil Beaton, it was without the girlish pin-up attitude the public was used to seeing in her photos. She was sexy, yes, but sophisticated, too. Playful, yes, but with a new sheen and class.Marilyn and Cecil Beaton 1956-picture 5 Child-like, yes, but combined with a mature style. A year or two previous, people may have laughed at the notion of a photographer of Beaton’s stature being matched with Marilyn Monroe. But on the day they spent together, with their beloved camera between them, they created magic.

Marilyn arrived to Beaton’s suite with only a simple black dress and a white puffy evening gown. Ed Pfizenmaier, Beaton’s assistant, said that Marilyn took care of her own make-up “which most people, they can’t believe it nowadays ... she came just by herself, with these two little dresses and ... it was as simple as that.” Beaton added a few props: an artificial Bluebird, flowers, and scarves. He provided the unique backgrounds, as he’d actually redecorated the suite himself in what he called a “Japanese Nouveau art manner”. Beaton himself described Marilyn’s method as subject of the session: “The initial shyness over, excitement has now gotten the better of her. She romps, she squeals with delight, she leaps onto the sofa.

She puts a flower stem in her mouth, puffing on a daisy as though it were a cigarette. It is an artless, impromptu, high-spirited, infectiously gay performance. It may end in tears.” His diary entry read: “She was the greatest fun.” Pfizenmaier said “I found her just a delight to work with, we just had a magnificent time.”

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