Marilyn Monroe rehearsing her lines in her dressing room at 20th Century Fox. Photo by Earl Theisen, 1952.
I posted two other photos from this informal session a couple of months ago. With Marilyn Monroe though, you could post any photo from a particular session: in each one she’s doing something different.
Rita Hayworth poses as Whistler’s Mother for
Look Magazine feature Stars in roles they’d like to play. The
photography was taken by Earl Theisen in 1945.
When Rita Hayworth, the Hollywood actress, was
asked by Look magazine how she would cast herself, she chose
Whistler’s Mother. Consequently, the article features a picture of
Hayworth assuming the same pose but with her legs in full view, with
the picture on the wall displaying her lying on a bed clothed in a
two-piece bathing suit. The article explains that « Rita
Hayworth, a mother herself, longs to portrait Whistler’s Mother
with emphasis on the whistle ». The whistlers, of course, are
men, who are likely to be less interested in the fact that she is a
mother than that she is an attractive woman, The allusion to the male
habit of whistling at an alluring woman (a far cry from the woman in
the original portrait) brings us back, full-cicle, to the humorous
connotations of the painter’s name. At Home in the World: A
Study in Psychoanalysis, Religion, and Art - Donald Capps