Beautiful Pics Of Marilyn Monroe Taken By Sam Shaw On The Beach In 1957

New York-based photographer Sam Shaw took these beautiful photos of Marilyn Monroe at 2-months pregnant on the beach in Amagansett, New York in July 1957. Unfortunately, the following month she had a miscarriage. Continue reading »

Publicity Photos Of Marilyn Monroe Playing The Ukulele For “Some Like It Hot” In 1959

In 1959, near the end of her extraordinary career, Marilyn Monroe starred in Some Like It Hot, widely considered one of the greatest film comedies of all time. Continue reading »

Glamorous Photos Of Marilyn Monroe Photographed By Ed Clark In 1950

Born 1911 in Nashville, Tennessee, American photographer Ed Clark worked primarily for Life magazine. His best remembered work captured a weeping Graham W. Jackson, Sr. playing his accordion as the body of the recently deceased President Franklin D. Roosevelt was being transported to Washington, DC. Continue reading »

Never-Before-Seen Pictures That Show A Secret Pregnancy Of Movie Icon Marilyn Monroe In 1960

Monroe had wanted a baby more than anything in the world, but that joy was denied her. She had three miscarriages prior to losing this baby, all of which played out in the public eye. Continue reading »

When LIFE Magazine Received Pics Of Still-Unknown Marilyn Monroe, They Replied “WTH Is Marilyn Monroe”

The photos were taken in 1950 with a still unknown Marilyn, by a Life Magazine photographer Ed Clark, at the suggestion of a friend of 20th Century Fox telling of the new hiring of the studios. Continue reading »

Beautiful Rare Black And White Photographs Of 20 Year Old Norma Jeane Dougherty (Later Marilyn Monroe) On Malibu Beach In 1946

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Before there was Marilyn Monroe there was a girl named Norma Jeane Dougherty who met André de Dienes in 1945. Together they travelled as lovers taking photographs that would help catapult the cherub-faced redhead into superstardom. Continue reading »

Photographer Daniel Sachon Imagines What Marilyn Monroe Would Be Like Today

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A photographer has imagined what screen icon Marilyn Monroe would be like today – and no doubt she’d love Instagram. Daniel Sachon, a student at Central St Martins, in London, created his first solo exhibition with Suzie Kennedy, an English model who looks remarkably similar to the blonde bombshell. In the exhibition, titled ‘Disruptive Innovation,’ Marilyn is seen brandishing a Starbucks coffee like so many celebrities papped now and flicking through her iPhone. Continue reading »

In Bed with Marilyn Monroe

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Perhaps it was her girlish, whispery voice; or the way her eyes danced when she smiled; or how she seemed to have an unearthly glow about her. Whatever the reason, Marilyn Monroe remains one of the most glamorous, seductive, and charming women in Hollywood history. Continue reading »

Rare And Beautiful Portrait Photography Of Marilyn Monroe From The 1950s

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A collection of rare and beautiful black-white portraits of Marilyn Monroe from the 1950s. Continue reading »

Marilyn Monroe Fronts Sexy Hair Campaign

Hair care brand Sexy Hair’s choice to use the blonde star’s image in a new campaign while a little nontraditional is a smart move–who else has such universal recognition? In the advertisements, Marilyn is depicted next to products such as their “Spray and Play” line juxtaposed with the late actress’s quotes like, “If I’d observed all the rules, I’d never have got anywhere.” Continue reading »

Giant Image of Marilyn Monroe is Grown in a Japanese Rice Field

The image of Marilyn Monroe is made from nine rice species with seven different colors has popped up on a rice filed in Inakadatemura, Aomori prefecture, northern Japan. (AP/Daily Mail) Continue reading »

Marilyn Monroe in New York by Ed Feingersh, 1955

“1955 was a year of change for Marilyn Monroe. After leaving Hollywood for New York, and abandoning her contract with Twentieth Century Fox, Marilyn was no longer “just a dumb blonde”, but a true renegade. In January, Marilyn formed a production company with photographer Milton Greene, and moved into a suite at the Ambassador Hotel. Continue reading »

Rihanna Drops $160K for Bedazzled Marilyn Monroe Artwork


Rihanna recently dropped $160,000 for new artwork, a Swarovski crystal bedazzled Marilyn Monroe portrait that glistens in the light because she reportedly identifies with the fallen star.

British artist Claire Milner was commissioned through Gemstone Creative to construct the five square-foot mural of Monroe for 23-year-old Rihanna’s Beverly Hills mansion. The artwork, which took four months to complete, is comprised of more than 65,000 Swarovski crystals weighing in at a total of nearly 120 pounds. Continue reading »

North Korean Artist Portrays Kim Jong-il as Marilyn Monroe

An artwork titled “Marilyn Monroe” by North Korean defector painter Song Byeok, which satirizes North Korean leader Kim Jong-il , is seen at his atelier in Seoul December 23, 2011. (Reuters) Continue reading »

Workers Prepare 26-Foot-tall Marilyn Monroe Sculpture for Unveiling in Chicago

Nick Valenza helps to put some finishing touches on “Forever Marilyn”, a sculpture by Seward Johnson, on July 14, in Chicago. The stainless steel and aluminum sculpture which stands 26 feet tall and weighs 34,000 pounds will be unveiled tomorrow and remain on display in Chicago through the spring of 2012. The sculpture was inspired by Marilyn Monroe’s iconic scene in the 1955 movie Seven Year Itch. (Scott Olson / Getty Images) Continue reading »

Photo of the Day: The Snowy Marilyn

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University students create an image of Marilyn Monroe by clearing snow on a soccer pitch, in Changchun, Jilin province, China, December 8, 2015. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)
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Photo of the Day: Setting up a Marilyn

A worker sets up the 65th Cannes Film Festival official poster showing Marilyn Monroe on the Cannes Festival Palace. The festival begins May 16. (Lionel Cironneau/Associated Press) Click image to zoom.

The Making of Marilyn


Fashion photographer Andre de Dienes’s life was changed forever one day in 1945 when he met a lovely young aspiring model named Norma Jean Dougherty. He instantly fell in love with her innocence and charm and the two were briefly engaged. They took many adventurous road trips together in those early years, de Dienes shooting Norma Jean in every possible natural setting in his original, inspired style. He soon built up a huge portfolio of stunning photographs of the smiling brunette which helped to launch her model career and, a few years later, a film career that was to make her a legend.

His entire relationship with the star, including many private moments shared only between the two, is detailed in de Dienes’s secret memoirs, which were discovered when Monroe fans ravaged his home after his death in 1988. Never before published, the memoirs tell a beautiful story of love and friendship from the point of view of someone who knew Marilyn intimately; describing the transformation from Norma Jean to Marilyn Monroe— the evolution of a sensitive, ambitious girl into a deeply troubled megastar— from an inside perspective, they shed light on a little-known side of Marilyn.

Happy Birthday, Norma Jean! Continue reading »

Beautiful Vintage Commercial Photos By Tom Kelley

A family of four in their Mercury Monterey automobile on the driveway of their home, 1959.

Tom Kelley was an American photographer whose files full of classic portraits and early advertising shots of Hollywood’s biggest stars during the 1940s and 1950s, including Gary Cooper, Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, James Cagney, Joan Crawford, Henry Fonda and Gene Kelly. Continue reading »

When He Said “Jump…”: The Most Influential Images Of All Time Captured By The Photographer Philippe Halsman

American actress Eva Marie Saint, 1954.

Philippe Halsman (2 May 1906 Riga, Russian Empire – 25 June 1979 New York City – previously) was a Latvian-born American portrait photographer. Many celebrities photographed by Halsman include Alfred Hitchcock, Judy Garland, Winston Churchill, Marilyn Monroe, Dorothy Dandridge, and Pablo Picasso. Many of those photographs appeared on the cover of Life. In such photos, he utilizes a variety of his rules of photography. For example, in one of his photos of Winston Churchill, the omission of his face makes Halsman’s photo even more powerful at making Churchill more human. Continue reading »

Gorgeous Photos Of Classic Beauties Taken From Between The 1940s And 1960s By Philippe Halsman

Marilyn Monroe, photo by Philippe Halsman, variant used for cover of LIFE, November 9, 1959

Philippe Halsman (2 May 1906 – 25 June 1979) was born in Riga and began to take photographs in Paris in the 1930s. He opened a portrait studio in Montparnasse in 1934, where he photographed André Gide, Marc Chagall, André Malraux, Le Corbusier and other writers and artists, using an innovative twin-lens reflex camera that he had designed himself. Continue reading »

Photographer Celine Liu Photoshops Herself In Images Of Celebrities Found On The Internet

Celine Liu – is a female Chinese photographer who graduated from the Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University. In her series “I’m everywhere” started in 2002, she challenges our global cultural landscape by literally integrating herself in iconic portraits in the history of photography. Moving beyond time and space, Liu is portrayed next to famous figures in history, such as Pablo Picasso, Charlie Chaplin, Mao Zedong, Marilyn Monroe, and Andy Warhol. Continue reading »

An Artist’s Interpretation Of How Iconic Faces Would Look If They Fit Modern Beauty Standards

Marilyn Monroe, 2018

Collage artist Mat Maitland, who’s famous for creating Michael Jackson’s posthumous Xscape album art, looked to Hollywood starlets of yore, and reimagined them using contemporary beauty ideals. He took late icons like Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor, and enlarged their lips as if they were a part of today’s Jenneration. The result is at once hilarious and unsettling, echoing an era when plastic surgery has become a casual lunch time hobby. But for Maitland, this isn’t a critique, but an observation on a phenomenon he finds deeply fascinating. Continue reading »

42 Stunning Restored And Colorized Historic Images Bring The Past To Life

An emaciated 18-year-old Russian girl looks into the camera lens during the liberation of Dachau concentration camp in 1945.

Relating to the past can be difficult when all you have to look at are faded black and white photos that feel like they are from another planet. The mind thinks and remembers in color, meaning a color photograph is much easier to connect with than a black and white photo. Continue reading »

The Unforgettable Images Of Legendary Photographer Bruce Davidson

In a career spanning more than half a century, Bruce Davidson (previously) is known for his dedication to the documentation of social inequality. Davidson attended Rochester Institute of Technology, as well as Yale University, where he studied with Josef Albers. He was later drafted into the army and stationed near Paris, where he met Henri Cartier-Bresson, one of the founders of the renowned cooperative photography agency Magnum Photos. Continue reading »