Born Norma Jean Mortenson, Marilyn was internationally adored and beloved by both women and men alike. Most memorable for her performances in movies like “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” and “The Seven Year Itch,” the public had little insight into the pop culture icon’s personal life.
Douglas Kirkland changed all that with his assignment for Look magazine to photograph the movie star in 1961; and in the offing he made history for both himself and the actress. Working in the intimate confines of an unmade bed, the result--still amazing today--is a series of some of the most spontaneous and flirtatious photographs ever taken of this film legend that endure to the present, establishing the photographer’
Douglas Kirkland is one of the best-known and longest-working photographers
of our time. He began his career on assignment for Look and Life magazines, where he photographed such icons as Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, and Marlene Dietrich. His most recent books include, Coco Chanel: Three Weeks 1962; Michael Jackson: The Making of Thriller/Four Days, 1983; and Freeze Frame, Five Decades/400 Photographs, a collection of four decades of photographs of actors on the more than 100 movie sets he has visited, many of them iconic. Kirkland has been named “Photographer of the Year” (PMDA) and “Mentor of the Year” (Fotofusion)
With Marilyn is set to be released in August, 2012.
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