NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN PHOTOS OF MARILYN MONROE RELEASED

May 2, 2012, 10:55 am Lizbeth Scordo

By now, you'd think the world has seen every picture of Marilyn Monroe in existence and heard every story there is to tell about the iconic actress, who would have turned 86 on June 1. But the June issue of Vanity Fair proves there's more Marilyn scoop to be had, even 50 years after her death. The magazine has published a set of six never-before-seen suggestive pictures of the star taken by photographer Lawrence Schiller (who was 23 and went by Larry Wolf back when he took the pics) during a legendary poolside photo shoot.

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It was 1962 and Schiller, on assignment for Look magazine, captured a near-naked Monroe as she frolicked by a shimmering swimming pool. In one photo, she holds a towel to her chest as she climbs out of the pool, smiling softly at the camera, one leg pointed towards the sky. But before you start assuming that the male photographer talked a vulnerable Monroe into shedding more than she wanted to, check out some of what Schiller reveals in an adaption of his memoir, Marilyn & Me: A Photographer's Memories, excerpts of which are included along with the photos in Vanity Fair.

Credit: Vanity Fair

"Fox [Studios] should start paying as much attention to me as they are paying to Elizabeth Taylor," Schiller recounts Monroe telling him, referring to her disappointment that not only was the movie studio not taking her seriously enough, but she was also jealous of her fellow actress' success, especially after Taylor got a huge publicity boost from her affair with "Cleopatra" co-star Richard Burton and a media frenzy ensued.

According to Schiller, Monroe hatched a plan to make their shoot a lot sexier by offering to jump in the pool with her swimsuit on, and emerge without it. "If I do come out of the pool with nothing on, I want your guarantee that when your pictures appear on the covers of magazines Elizabeth Taylor is not anywhere in the same issue," she insisted. Monroe was only being paid $100,000 for what would be her last film, "Something's Got to Give," (she died before it was finished) while Taylor was collecting a cool $1 million for "Cleopatra."

Credit: Lawrence Schiller

Eventually Playboy founder Hugh Hefner agreed to shell out a record-breaking $25,000 for a nude shot of Monroe and when Schiller thanked her for the windfall, joking about what a little nudity can do, the actress responded with, "That's how I got my house and swimming pool. There isn't anybody that looks like me without clothes on."

Despite her beauty and movie-star status, Monroe began revealing her unhappiness to Schiller, pointing out that she'd never been nominated for an Oscar, felt her whole life had been one big rejection, and feared she might end up in a mental institution the way her mother had. She also confided her thoughts on becoming a mother... something that never happened.

"I've always wanted a baby," she said. "Having a child, that's always been my biggest fear. I want a child and I fear a child. Whenever it came close, my body said no and I lost the baby," Schiller recounts.

As for being Marilyn Monroe, she simply never felt like she actually was the famous sex symbol. "I never wanted to be Marilyn - it just happened," she also told him. "Marilyn's like a veil I wear over Norma Jeane."


Lizbeth Scordo writes for OMG!

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  1. nyttym07:55pm Wednesday 02nd May 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Marilyn, a true star, not like the trash these days who act like sluts & wonder why they get talked about badly (paris hilton, skank No. 1)

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  2. Roy07:47pm Wednesday 02nd May 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Wow! I love chubby girls, so she gets my vote.

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  3. James Cattell07:21pm Wednesday 02nd May 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    there will never be anyone like her even bad photos are good she set playboy up for life in the first issue had to be our marilyn munroe RIP my friend has said as long as people are talking about you your never dead.

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  4. monty07:02pm Wednesday 02nd May 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    roflcopta ur probably the biggest loser of, all it sounds like life failed u so go back 2 the rock u crawled out from under

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  5. Roflcopta06:41pm Wednesday 02nd May 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    she was successful. same can't be said of some of you losers who have failed at life

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  6. Aimal06:12pm Wednesday 02nd May 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Let her rest in peace please.

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  7. Shane06:07pm Wednesday 02nd May 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    too many uneducated lil rats posting comments these days!!!!!1

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  8. graeme04:49pm Wednesday 02nd May 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Fat butt Monroe - she's dead and buried , let's move on.

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  9. Paul Marion04:06pm Wednesday 02nd May 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    The Labour government want to shut down the HSU due to corruption, deceite, lies etc ? I don't get it; are there no mirrors in Canberra or are they like in the fairy tale, Juliar asks her mirror the question and it always gives her the answer she wants to hear. What a bunch of hypocrits these poloticians are (and i don't suppose the Liberals will be much different once they get the oppertunity to feather their own nests)

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  10. Sasha03:34pm Wednesday 02nd May 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    ha ha ha Merlyn fat ))) i would like to c the photo of the person who post a comment )))) its so cute to c jealousy )))

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