First Look: Photos From New Book Marilyn Monroe: Metamorphosis
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Marilyn Monroe

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First Look: Photos from Marilyn Monroe: Metamorphosis

Photo: Andre de Dienes, 1945 (Reproduced with permission of Chuck Murphy; One West Publishing.)

"She was a clean-cut, American, wholesome girl — too plump, but beautiful in a way. We tried to teach her how to pose, how to handle her body... She wanted to learn, wanted to be somebody, more than anybody I ever saw before in my life"

-Emmeline Snively, head of the Blue Book Modeling Agency

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First Look: Photos from Marilyn Monroe: Metamorphosis

Photo: Laszlo Willinger, 1948 (Kim Goodwin collection)

"When she saw a camera, any camera, she lit up and was totally different. The moment the shot was over, she fell back into her not very interesting position."

-Laszlo Willinger, photographer.

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First Look: Photos from Marilyn Monroe: Metamorphosis

Photo: Edward Clark, 1950 (author’s collection)

"I didn't recognize her star potential... Darryl Zanuck signed Miss Monroe, and she became an extraordinary figure in movie history. For years I blushed with embarrassment every time her name was mentioned."

-Dore Schary, president of MGM Studios 1951-1956

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First Look: Photos from Marilyn Monroe: Metamorphosis

Photo: John Florea, 1951 (Reproduced with permission of Melanie and Gwen Florea)
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Photo: Ernest Bachrach, 1952 (author’s collection)

"Of none is the grandeur and servitude of stardom visited more brutally than on the sex symbols. Owing their fame to their bodies, they seldom escape the indignity of being thought of as a piece of flesh."

-Alexander Walker

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Photo: Nick de Morgoli, 1953 (author’s collection)

"She had a delightful quality, being so beautiful, of wanting to show herself. Some people were offended by it — and of course she did it on purpose. She was so childlike she could do anything... she was both a woman and a baby, and both men and women adored her."

- William Travilla, costume designer

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First Look: Photos from Marilyn Monroe: Metamorphosis

Photo: Bert Reisfeld, 1953 (Kim Goodwin collection)
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First Look: Photos from Marilyn Monroe: Metamorphosis

Photo: Gene Trindl, 1953 (author’s collection)

"Marilyn Monroe was a real sex symbol, and so was the great Garbo. They didn't need to say things, they just were. They photographed. Name me a really true sex symbol in today's movies. She doesn't exist."

- Bette Davis

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First Look: Photos from Marilyn Monroe: Metamorphosis

Photo: Frank Powolny (Kim Goodwin collection)

"There was something exceptional about Marilyn Monroe. Sometimes she could be ethereal and sometimes like a waitress in a coffee shop."

- Truman Capote

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First Look: Photos from Marilyn Monroe: Metamorphosis

Photo: Richard C. Miller (Reproduced with permission of Margaret Miller)

"Marilyn had kind of a built-in alarm system. It would 'go off' in the middle of a scene if that scene was not right for her, and she would just stop everything. She would stand there with her eyes closed, biting her lip, and kind of wringing her hands until she had worked it out... I didn't necessarily approve of that tactic; it was not easy working with her, but it was fascinating."

- Jack Lemmon, Some Like It Hot co-star

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Photo: Douglas Kirkland, 1961 (Reproduced with permission of Douglas Kirkland)

"Her quality when photographed is almost of a supernatural beauty."

- Lee Strasberg

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First Look: Photos from Marilyn Monroe: Metamorphosis

Photo: Author's collection

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