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- Marilyn Monroe on Vanity Fair’s June issue
Tuesday, May 1, 2012 • Posted in Marilyn News
It was 1962 and Schiller, on assignment for Look magazine, captured a near-naked Monroe as she frolicked by a shimmering swimming pool. In one photo, she holds a towel to her chest as she climbs out of the pool, smiling softly at the camera, one leg pointed towards the sky. But before you start assuming that the male photographer talked a vulnerable Monroe into shedding more than she wanted to, check out some of what Schiller reveals in an adaption of his memoir, Marilyn & Me: A Photographer’s Memories, excerpts of which are included along with the photos in Vanity Fair.
“Fox [Studios] should start paying as much attention to me as they are paying to Elizabeth Taylor,” Schiller recounts Monroe telling him, referring to her disappointment that not only was the movie studio not taking her seriously enough, but she was also jealous of her fellow actress’ success, especially after Taylor got a huge publicity boost from her affair with “Cleopatra” co-star Richard Burton and a media frenzy ensued.
Eventually Playboy founder Hugh Hefner agreed to shell out a record-breaking $25,000 for a nude shot of Monroe and when Schiller thanked her for the windfall, joking about what a little nudity can do, the actress responded with, “That’s how I got my house and swimming pool. There isn’t anybody that looks like me without clothes on.”
Despite her beauty and movie-star status, Monroe began revealing her unhappiness to Schiller, pointing out that she’d never been nominated for an Oscar, felt her whole life had been one big rejection, and feared she might end up in a mental institution the way her mother had. She also confided her thoughts on becoming a mother … something that never happened.
“I’ve always wanted a baby,” she said. “Having a child, that’s always been my biggest fear. I want a child and I fear a child. Whenever it came close, my body said no and I lost the baby,” Schiller recounts.
As for being Marilyn Monroe, she simply never felt like she actually was the famous sex symbol. “I never wanted to be Marilyn — it just happened,” she also told him. “Marilyn’s like a veil I wear over Norma Jeane.”
3 Responses to “Marilyn Monroe on Vanity Fair’s June issue”
Posted on May 18, 2012
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Posted on June 8, 2012
Your website is amazing ! I am French (so sorry if I make mistakes !!) and Marilyn is my favorite actress ever. I’ve been passionate about her since I was seven years old. She is still one of the most inspiring women of all the time. She was a really touching and delicate and is, according to me, the most wonderful woman in the world. Nobody will ever be able to be like her. She was unique. Thank you for this great tribute to this brilliant actress ! l
Posted on June 8, 2012
I’m sorry, I meant “she was a really touching and delicate woman” !
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