Thursday, November 10, 2011

Through the Lens: The Metamorphosis of Marilyn

In her first studio sitting in 1946, when she was still Norma Jean.

Susan Bernard's new book, Marilyn: Intimate Exposures, reveals rarely seen photographs of the starlet in her transformation from the girl-next-door Norma Jean to the unforgettable sex symbol Marilyn Monroe.  The photos were taken by Bernard's father, legendary celebrity photographer Bruno Bernard (also known as Bruno of Hollywood).  Bernard was credited by Marilyn herself for helping to propel her career.  He first spotted her outside his dentist's office on Sunset Boulevard and approached her to take test photos.  Bernard is also responsible for introducing Marilyn to talent agent Johnny Hyde at a shoot in Palm Springs in 1946 -- Hyde had Marilyn undergo cosmetic surgery, influenced her casting in early roles in such films as The Asphalt Jungle and All About Eve and eventually landed her a contract with 20th Century Fox.




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