1958: Marilyn Monroe Poses for Life Magazine and Richard Avedon

In 1958, Life Magazine invited Marilyn Monroe and photographer Richard Avedon to recreate images of five celebrated actresses of different eras.  Entitled “Fabled Enchantresses,” the piece was part of the magazine’s December 22 “Christmas” issue and included an article by Marilyn’s playwright husband, Arthur Miller, entitled “My Wife, Marilyn.”

Avedon found in Marilyn an easy subject to work with, “She gave more to the still camera than every other actress – every other woman – I had the opportunity to photograph…” He added that she was more patient with him and more demanding of herself than others  and that she was more comfortable in front of the camera than when not posing.

For my tribute to the luminous star,  Marilyn Monroe: Out of a Dream go to: http://eves-reel-life.blogspot.com/2012/08/marilyn-monroe-out-of-dream.html

Marilyn as Lillian Russell, turn-of-the-century American actress

Marilyn as Theda Bara, silent film star from 1914 – 1926

Marilyn as Clara Bow, the silent screen’s “It Girl”

Marilyn as blonde bombshell Jean Harlow

Marilyn as Marlene Dietrich

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I blog mostly on classic film - here, there and everywhere - but mainly on my primary blog: http://eves-reel-life.blogspot.com/
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5 Responses to 1958: Marilyn Monroe Poses for Life Magazine and Richard Avedon

  1. elias nascimento says:

    fantastic!!!!!!!!! she could be whatever she wanted to be. there´s no hint of marilyn monroe in these pictures and that´s because she was really inside the character of other actresses. i don´t know why people still insist saying that she was not an actress. marilyn monroe was a character!!!!!!!!she should have won an oscar for playing the roll of marilyn monroe

  2. The Lady Eve says:

    Elias, She might even be called a genius for creating the archetypal Marilyn Monroe persona…

  3. laniersmith says:

    Truly wonderful post and glorious photographs. So glad I found your blog!

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