There is always so much I want to say about the death of Marilyn Monroe, mostly because of all the controversy that lags behind it. Suicide? Overdose? Its so cruel to make such unknown assumptions that this beautiful and kind hearted human being could harm herself in such uncanny ways. I believe and always will believe she was murdered, and it saddens me to believe this, but just knowing that she was taken so unfairly and tragically its heart wrenching. The year of 1962 was turning into a happy time for her, she was discovering herself and her new found freedom, a home and the comfort it brought her. And just like that, it was over. I will always see that glow that emanated from her, and picture her turning around with a surprised expression, ending in only to express kind eyes and a warm smile. “Goodnight honey”, she said in a breathy tone. “Norma Jeane was always a butterfly. She was beautiful all her life, within and without. Like all beautiful butterflies, she had to fly away.” (June 1st, 1926-August 4th, 1962)
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Marilyn Monroe leaving Polyclinic Hospital after her gall bladder operation, 1961.
Marilyn Monroe on the set of There’s No Business Like Show Business, 1954.
Marilyn Monroe photographed by George Barris, 1962
"I saw her bodily - Marilyn - for the first time and I was struck as by an apparition in a fairy tale. Well, she’s beautiful - anybody can notice this, and she represents a certain myth of what we call in France ‘la femme eternelle’. On the other hand, there’s something extremely alert and vivid in her, an intelligence. It’s her personality, it’s a glance, it’s something very tenuous, very vivid, that disappears quickly, that appears again.
You see, it’s all these elements of her beauty and also her intelligence that makes the actress not only a model but a real woman expressing herself. Like many people, I heard many things that she had said, but last night I had the pleasure of having dinner next to her and I saw that these things came fluidly all the time… all these amusing remarks, precise, pungent, direct. It was flowing all the time. It was almost a quality of naivete… and it was completely natural.
In her you feel the woman, and also the great discipline as an actress. She’s American and it’s very clear that she is—she’s very good that way; one has to be local to be universal.”
- Henri Cartier-Bresson
Marilyn Monroe in costume tests for Niagara, 1952.
Marilyn Monroe photographed by Milton Greene, 1954
Marilyn photographed by Milton Greene, 1955.
A rare photograph of Marilyn Monroe, Paula Strasberg and Billy Wilder on the set of Some Like It Hot, 1958. Marilyn was 2-3 months pregnant in this photograph.
A rare photo of Marilyn Monroe on her way to the premiere of Monkey Business, 1952.
August 10th 1957: Marilyn Monroe puts on a brave face as she leaves a New York hospital, after suffering an ectopic pregnancy.
March 29th 1951: Marilyn Monroe at the Academy Awards.
March 23rd 1961: Marilyn Monroe in Florida.
May 26th 1948: Marilyn Monroe and Mickey Rooney attend the premiere of The Emperor Waltz.