Portrait of a Misfit: Rare Pictures of Marilyn Monroe Show More Relaxed Side to Glamorous Star

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in a simple white shirt and with her hair plaited in pig tails,
Marilyn Monroe looks a far cry from the iconic star synonymous with
old Hollywood glamour.

In the newly
released image, the actress sports a sombre expression but appears
relaxed as she is snapped on set of 1961 movie The
– her last ever completed film.

Other shots
also show a fresh-faced Marilyn caught off-guard wrapped in a towel,
reading the script between takes and standing at her trailer door
sipping coffee as she chats to co-star Montgomery Clift.

The images
form part of a series of eight intimate portraits entitled Marilyn,
taken by America photo-journalist Eve Arnold, that went on display
in galleries nationwide on Saturday.

Only 495 prints
of the pictures will go on sale, with prices starting at £350.

Arnold, still
going strong at 98, said: ‘She was going places but she hadn’t arrived.

‘She liked
my pictures and was canny enough to realise that they were a fresh
approach for presenting her – a looser, more intimate look than
the posed studio portraits she was used to in Hollywood.

‘It became
a bond between us… Marilyn was very important in my career.
I think I was helpful in hers too.’

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18, 2010

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