“If this star is an abandoned sprite, she
touchingly looks to her audience for approval. She is strikingly like an
over-excited child asked downstairs after tea. The initial shyness
over, excitement has now got the better of her. She romps, she squeals
with delight, she leaps on to the sofa. She puts a flower stem in her
mouth, puffing on daisy as though it were a cigarette. It is an artless,
impromptu, high-spirited, infectiously gay performance. It will
probably end in tears.”
~Photographer Cecil Beaton on Marilyn Monroe, 1956.
Marilyn Monroe photographed on July 13th 1962 by George Barris.
“I recall the time where she - it was getting dark practically, very little light and she was on the sand there - the beach was practically deserted, I gave her this blanket to cover her - her legs with to keep warm and she was freezing and she says to me
"George” she says “George I’m really frozen” and I said “Marilyn I only have one roll of film left in the camera, let me make that one picture of you and let’s call it a day and start again tomorrow.” and she says “okay” and she puckered up her lips as if she was going to blow me a kiss and she said “George this is just for you” and it was a beautiful picture. Unfortunately it was the last picture I ever took of her.“ - Photographer George Barris talking about the last ever picture he took of Marilyn, this was also her last professional photograph.
“Marilyn would go to playgrounds and ask mothers if she could hold their babies”
Simply the most heartbreaking thing I’ve heard on You Must Remember This. Karina Longworth’s latest Dead Blondes series has been stunning thus far, and the Marilyn mini-series has been a particular highlight.