Marilyn Monroe. "A barefoot Monroe balances on rocks over a tiny brook. In a 1999 interview with Digital Journalist, photographer Ed Clark described how in 1950 he received a call from a friend at 20th Century Fox about "a hot tomato" the studio had just signed: Marilyn." LIFE Magazine (Aug. 1950). Clark, Marilyn Monroe, Marilynmonroe, Life Magazine, Los Angeles, Norma Jeans, Ears Photos, Los Angels, 1950
Her hair!! I just love it!!! A more intimate photo of Marilyn that perfectly captures her vulnerability.
"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."