Mar 12, 2009

by English Muse

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I love these old Life photos. The portrait, above, is pure Monroe. Photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt shot rolls of film of the star on a sunlit patio at her Hollywood home in 1953. Most of the photos are glamour pics.
But this one…
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…seems to capture a real sadness. It struck me.

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20 Responses to “Monroe”

  1. Annabelle says:

    wow that second image is incredibly striking, you can see her sadness, amazing photo.

  2. Bambola says:

    You really can! I can see a pleading in her eyes. A resignation to the life she led.

    I remember hearing an interview of someone who attended drama classes with her. Apparently the real Marilyn was very shy & withdrawn…

    Her facade was her success, I suppose it was her demise too.

  3. REDRAVEN says:

    Mesmerizing photos. I agree you can just see and feel her sadness. Incredible.

  4. Federica says:

    Hello Tina, thank you for joined at Sweet as a candy. I’m so happy!Your blog is incredible!It’s full of interesting links and tips!
    I’m going to look some more now :)
    Have a nice day!

  5. Li Nepgen says:

    Hi there,

    She is absolutely beautiful even in her "sadness". I am fascinated by her & the stories of her! Got a photo of her on my blog. She is a beautiful "flower".
    Thanx for sharing! Have a fabulous day!

  6. Lara Lewis says:

    Hello! Thank you for the kind words…I’m so glad you are happy with your earrings…and the Oscars, WOW! I love your blog, and these Monroe pictures particularly struck me. I have admired her since junior high and now I think I’m going to dig out all my old saved photos and books. Have a lovely day! :)
    -Lara

  7. The Clever Pup says:

    The woman couldn’t take a bad photo.

    I wish I could do that with my brows

  8. Style and Inspiration says:

    She was so beautiful and my favorite.

  9. Charlotte says:

    I think there’s a real intelligence in that second portrait and, somehow, the sadness is the result of how that quality was discounted and overlooked by those around her. I’m not an expert on her biography, but it seems to me that what she lacked was somebody who appreciated her for the person she was rather than the symbol she’d become. I think we all want and deserve that.

  10. ak says:

    wowza- that photo definitely captures it all! love ur blog! xoxo-ak-xoxo

  11. duet letterpress says:

    wow. so gorgeous. i love this softer side of her.

  12. Federica says:

    I’ve added you to my blog list so everyone can see this beautiful blog!
    Hugs,
    Federica.

  13. Tina says:

    Thank you Federica!! Added you too!!! xoxo

  14. Caroline @ Absolutely Unique says:

    I’ve always loved her. Gorgeous photos!
    I love your blog. I’ve added you to my blogs love list!
    xoxo

  15. Mer says:

    so true… real sad eyes. and so beautiful!

  16. Shelby says:

    She’s so stunning. I think even more so in the second shot.

  17. Tina Tarnoff says:

    Dearest Marylin, just to let you know… I can relate.
    xoxo

  18. Joanna Goddard says:

    you’re so right about that second photo. so sweet and sad.

  19. Teresa says:

    I agree about the sadness. Her eyes are full of it. Poor Marilyn.

  20. Here, There, Elsewhere... and more says:

    The sadness sublimes her beauty in these photos – she is stunning beyond words – not all photos of her as she really was…
    Love your blog :)

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