Blonde in the city

24 Mar


Marilyn Monroe in 1955

Marilyn Monroe: probably the most celebrated of all actresses, a bombshell extraordinaire whose countless adoring fans included paramours Arthur Miller and JFK. And yet, her life story is an early example of the tragic consequences of fame, marked by unhappy marriages, drug addictions and frequent attempts to define herself as a serious artist. These images of Monroe by Ed Feingersh, recently uncovered by photography collector Michael Ochs, offer an unusually intimate portrait of the Hollywood icon during her 1955 move to New York, where she came to train at the Lee Strasberg Actors Studio. Relaxed and candid, they reveal the lonely side of Monroe, recently divorced from baseball legend Joe DiMaggio and desperately seeking new inspiration.

Marilyn made only 30 films in her lifetime, but her legendary status and mysticism will remain with film history forever.

“The world around me then was kind of grim. I had to learn to pretend in order to…I don’t know…block the grimness. The whole world seemed sort of closed to me…(I felt) on the outside of everything, and all I could do was to dream up any kind of pretend-game.”
Marilyn Monroe

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