These early Marilyn Monroe images remind me of my cub reporter days. I covered a Miss Nude World Pagent at a Florida nudist camp.
In the news environment, I was seldom exposed to nude photography, films, or videos. Although one of my first assignments happened to be of young ladies baring all.
Marilyn Monroe didn’t agree to this shoot easily, she knew that during a lifestyle and morality of the era, posing for any naked images could ruin her career. She eventually signed the release for the pictures: “Mona Monroe.”
When she became a superstar the pictures found a new life on the cover of Playboy. Hugh Heffner paid only 500.00 for them.
The term sex sells could have been coined by Marilyn's marketing marvelous manipulating master class. As the photoshoot evolved into a news story and then into a scandal that could have ruined her but she handled the public relations masterfully. When did an irate journalist ask her if she had anything on? Monroe replied: “The Radio.”
She later admitted that she was a little behind in the rent and in front were payments for her car that had been repossessed and even in the more prudish times, the public eventually saw it her way.
By the way, Marilyn Monroe never had any kids. Monroe was reportedly married several times but did not have any children. She married her first husband James Dougherty in 1942 at 16, in her bid to avoid returning to an orphanage.
Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, model, and singer. Famous for playing comedic "blonde bombshell" characters, she became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s and early 1960s and was emblematic of the era's sexual revolution. Wikipedia Born: June 1, 1926, Los Angeles, CA Died: August 4, 1962, Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA Height: 5′ 5″ Spouses: Arthur Miller (m. 1956–1961), Joe DiMaggio (m. 1954–1955), James Dougherty (m. 1942–1946)