The legendary starlet Marilyn Monroe was born 90 years ago on June 1, 1926. The actress has never faded from the spotlight in all the years since her tragic death on Aug. 5, 1962.
A new exhibition "André de Dienes: Marilyn and California Girls," opening June 9, 2016 at the Steven Kasher Gallery showcases images that provide us with a unique glimpse of the young Marilyn, taken by the first professional photographer to have worked with her, who also became one of her first lovers.
In 1945, when de Dienes first met Monroe, she was just an aspiring 19-year-old model and actress named Norma Jeanne Baker, who had recently separated from her husband James Dougherty. Her youthful innocence shines through in the early photos. Seen as a series, the transformation in her later years to a glamorous and troubled star is on full display.
The Thinker," Marilyn Monroe, North of Malibu, California, 1946 - The rare large-scale photographs taken in Malibu, in which Monroe acted out various moods including happiness, introspection, serenity and sadness, were created for a book of poetry and philosophy.