While working together 6 weeks in 1962 Marilyn said to photographer and journalist George Barris, “Don’t believe anything you read about me except this story.”
“Do you ever think of the future?” Barris asked her.. “Do you have some unfulfilled ambitions?” She answered, “I’d like to be a fine actress. I’m interested in horticulture, but I don’t think I want to be a gardner. I’m interested in all the arts. I’m even interested in people!”
George Barris talked to Marilyn the final time on the afternoon of Friday, August 3rd. During the days and nights that Barris saw her, she was exuberant, carefree, and eager to get on with her life. She was found dead on the morning of August 5th. George Barris was shocked by hearing the news of her death, thinking of when he asked her ‘what she wanted most out of life’, to which she answered 'I’m just getting started’.
Sam Shaw photographed some of the most iconic and well-loved pictures of Marilyn, and was also a lifelong friend that she turned to in times of need. Shaw’s pictures not only showcase Marilyn’s timeless beauty, but they also convey her spirit. Whether her skirt is billowing up, or whether she’s walking along the beach, or enjoying time with Arthur Miller in rural Connecticut, Sam Shaw captured in his photographs the real Marilyn Monroe, behind the bombshell.