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Marilyn Monroe Front Cover Of Life Magazine in 1958


Marilyn Monroe - Front Cover Of Life Magazine in 1958

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									In 1954, skirt blowing and smile beaming on Lexington and 53rd avenue in
New York City, Marilyn Monroe catapulted to international fame in the
motion picture The Seven Year Itch. Having become a beauty queen, sex
symbol, aspiring actress, and a celebrity of continual speculation and
interpretation, Marilyn changed the film industry, photography, and the
perception of the role of women and the changing American family for
decades to come. Even among those still following the effect and impact
of her life and contributions, controversy still abounds as to whether
her skill as an actress ever truly got the recognition it deserved. Books
and revelations seem to continue to come out each year, shedding new
light and new spin to who she was and what happened in the circumstances
leading up to her death, and its aftermath.

She appeared in many successful films, and due to typecasting, played
various roles as part of a discovery process in finding out what she
enjoyed the most as well as how to best market her developing skills. She
often played what at the time was the new 'Sexy' dumb blonde role in
movies such as How To Marry A Millionaire (1953) and Gentlemen Prefer
Blondes (1953). She showed her incredible talent in the now famous Some
Like It Hot (1959). Other titles in which she starred were Bus Stop
(1956) and The Misfits (1961).

The most indelible items of memorabilia from her life are the
photographs, still engrained in the memories of many. In an 8.5 x 10-inch
Life Magazine (in color, fairly new at the time), Monroe has signed
"Love, Marilyn Monroe" in the lower, right-hand corner across her legs.
Her first appearance in Life Magazine being in June of 1952, this photo-
op ran in December of 1958. In this particular image, she agreed to have
her makeup and hair rearranged so that she might pose as Marlene
Dietrich. poses in the appropriate makeup as Marlene Dietrich. Other
photos in this collection include a phenomenal sepia-toned photo, and
another semi-profile shot with blonde curls, donning a white collar and
tan coat.

It is now well known that her relatively short life was plagued by a
various pains and problems, some involving prescription drugs, and
various relationships that pulled her personal and political life in many
unmanageable directions. This beautiful yet troubled woman was found dead
on the morning of August 5th, 1962, at her Brentwood, Los Angeles home.
Generally regarded as a highly underrated in her day, Miss Monroe was one
of the most skilled actresses of her time.

Raleigh DeGeer Amyx is an American history collector. For Well More Than
a Quarter Century, Collecting and Preserving History have been Raleigh
DeGeer Amyx's Sole Endeavor. He is the owner and curator of the Raleigh
Degeer Amyx Collection.

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