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Marilyn Monroe. Don't know which movie she's being prepped for, but this is just adorable.

Doing a "Day with Marilyn" photo shoot for Life Magazine. Some of my fav pics of her come from this piece :)

Her hair!! I just love it!!! A more intimate photo of Marilyn that perfectly captures her vulnerability.

Dennis Stock, Marilyn Monroe, 1954

A 24-year-old Marilyn, wearing a simple button-down shirt monogrammed with her initials, leans against a tree in Los Angeles' Griffith Park in August 1950.

Marilyn she wasn't always drugged out, flaked out - in the beginning she was soft and gentle then people got to her and carved her up until nothing was left

"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.

Marilyn Monroe no makeup - true beauty! (born Norma Jeane Mortenson; June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962) was an American actress, model, and singer, who became a major sex symbol, starring in a number of commercially successful motion pictures during the 1950s and early 1960s.

Monroe, changed into a bikini top, relaxes with a script. Why LIFE never published this gold mine of photos after Marilyn became a superstar remains a mystery. The only clue: a brief note about the shoot we found in our archives, addressed to LIFE's photo editor and saying that "this take was over-developed and poorly printed."