Iconic Marilyn Monroe by Exceptional Eve Arnold

Eve Arnold and Marilyn Monroe

Eve Arnold: 1912-2012

Marilyn Monroe: 1926-1962

 

Iconic actress and singer was born as Norma Jeane Mortenson, baptized as Norma Jeane Baker, but became known to the whole world as Marilyn Monroe. A truly glamorous star that embodied a golden age of Hollywood. A major sex symbol who keeps on captivating new generations.

Eve Arnold was one of the world’s most outstanding and pioneering photographers. Her photo subjects range from the poor to the wealthy, from the ordinary to the celebrated, from immigrant workers to glamorous Hollywood stars. Stars like Marilyn Monroe.

They met in 1951 and ventured together on the long photographic project that took place over the course of 10 years. It resulted in a close friendship between the two women and generated one of the most famous and unique images of Marilyn Monroe.

Eve Arnold’s photographs of Marilyn Monroe include a famous two-month session while Monroe was shooting “The Misfits.” “The Misfits” was the last completed movie for Marilyn Monroe as well as her co-star Clark Gable. Clark Gable died of heart attack 12 days after filming and Monroe died 1.5 years later from a drug overdose.

Arnold was the only woman to have photographed Marilyn Monroe so extensively, with images ranging from sexual and alluring to vulnerable and tender.

Marilyn Monroe’s remarkable portraits were collected in the book “Marilyn Monroe: An Appreciation.”

 

This is to celebrate the exceptional work of a photojournalist and her glamorous subject, Eve Arnold and Marilyn Monroe:

Eve Arnold and Marilyn Monroe in Bement, Ill., 1955

Marilyn Monroe at the premiere of East of Eden, 1955

Marilyn Monroe - Time out in hotel room, Illinois, 1955

Resting in Bement, Ill., 1955

Marilyn Monroe on the set of The Misfits, 1960

Marilyn Monroe while filming The Misfits, 1960

Marilyn Monroe takes a rest during the filming of The Misfits, Nevada, 1960

Marilyn Monroe getting ready for another scene - The Misfits, 1960

Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable and the set of The Misfits, 1960

Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable while filming The Misfits, 1960

Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable while filming The Misfits, 1960

Marilyn Monroe and Eli Wallach

Marilyn Monroe and her masseur Ralph Roberts - on the set of The Misfits

Marilyn Monroe at the gambling table in Reno, toward the end of filming of The Misfits; 1960

Marilyn Monroe - Throwing the Dice, 1960

Marilyn Monroe with Arthur Miller, 1960

Marilyn Monroe filming the scene - The Misfits, 1960

Marilyn Monroe and Montgomery Clift, on set of The Misfits, Nevada, 1960

Marilyn Monroe and Montgomery Clift on the set of The Misfits, Nevada, 1960

Marilyn Monroe in between filming - The Misfits, Nevada, 1960

On the set of The Misfits, 1960

The end of the shooting of The Misfits, 1960

The cast of The Misfits - Nevada, 1960

Marilyn Monroe - Leopard Woman

Marilyn Monroe - Nude Studio Shot, 1960

Marilyn Monroe playing pool in Reno, Nevada

Eve Arnold at the photographic exhibition - Halcyon Gallery, London, May 12, 2005

Marilyn Monroe: 1926-1962

Eve Arnold: 1912-2012


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4 Responses to Iconic Marilyn Monroe by Exceptional Eve Arnold

  1. MM says:

    love it, beautiful i love these shots more than the studio fake ones!

    • Dr. BSS says:

      I definitely agree with you – ‘live’ pics are much more interesting than the ‘studio’ ones. My favorite is ‘The end of the shooting of The Misfits, 1960’.
      Thanks so much for checking my blog! Cheers!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hi – saw your blog, and I have a copy of Marilyn Monroe An Appreciation, and it is signed “To Billy with affection and regard – Eve” (I think it may be signed to Billy Wilder). I would like to sell it. Any suggestions?

    Thanks,

    John Morton
    mortonshatz (at) yahoo (dot) com

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