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Marilyn Monroe: Early Photos of the Young Actress in 1950

In 1950, LIFE photographer Ed Clark received a call from a friend who worked at 20th Century Fox. The friend was raving about "a hot tomato" the studio recently signed: one Marilyn Monroe.
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Candy Sirfus • 2 years ago

"She was unknown then, so I was able to spend a lot of time shooting her," Clark recalled. "We'd go out to Griffith Park and she'd read poetry. I sent several rolls to LIFE in New York, but they wired back, 'Who the hell is Marilyn Monroe?' Later, though, they did a cover of my shot of Marilyn and Jane Russell in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.