by Kerry Mcdermott Daily Mail
This stunning collection of Marilyn Monroe in the nude has been released to mark the 50th anniversary of the tragic starlet’s death.
Playboy magazine has dug deep into its exclusive archive of 10 million photos to publish rare shots of the iconic beauty throughout her career.
‘It’s really all about the collection and the way its composed,’ said Jimmy Jellinek, Playboy’s editorial director.
‘This is the first time we’ve shown the totality of our collection, from the beginning to almost days before the end of her life. it showcases the arc of her life.’
Fifty years after her death, the world is still entranced by Miss Monroe. Playboy’s special package includes the features The Nude Marilyn, a carefully selected portfolio of photographs.
The package also features editorials by Roger Ebert and Kim Morgan, recollections from Playboy Publisher Hugh Hefner and an excerpt by novelist John Updike.
Playboy had a long relationship with Ms Monroe. The very first issue of Playboy featured Ms Monroe as the cover girl.
That famous photograph by Tom Kelley, with Monroe on red velvet cloth, was purchased by Hefner, and says Ebert, it would not be going too far to say it was the making of Hef’s new magazine.
‘It legitimized nudity by embodying it in arguably the most famous woman in America,’ Mr Ebert writes.
Playboy promises the December cover feature ‘highlights the full spectrum of her beauty and power’. The classic nude photos range from her first days as a pin-up girl to her final pictorials with the world’s leading photographers.
One of the photos by Lawrence Schiller is the last nude photo ever taken of Ms Monroe, taken just two days before her death.
Many of the photos were taken on the fly. Some of her were taken on movie sets, and some in bed at her home or by her pool.