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English Muse: Monroe

Wednesday, March 11, 2009



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...

...seems to capture a real sadness. It struck me.


Blogger Annabelle said...

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

March 11, 2009 at 9:56 PM  
Blogger Bambola said...

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 Apparently the real Marilyn was very shy & withdrawn...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.

March 11, 2009 at 10:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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

March 11, 2009 at 10:34 PM  
Blogger Federica said...

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!

March 11, 2009 at 11:45 PM  
Blogger Li Nepgen said...

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!

March 12, 2009 at 3:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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! :)

March 12, 2009 at 3:26 AM  
Blogger The Clever Pup said...

The woman couldn't take a bad photo.

I wish I could do that with my brows

March 12, 2009 at 5:08 AM  
Blogger Style and Inspiration said...

She was so beautiful and my favorite.

March 12, 2009 at 7:00 AM  
Anonymous Charlotte said...

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.

March 12, 2009 at 8:15 AM  
Anonymous ak said...

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

March 12, 2009 at 8:38 AM  
Anonymous duet letterpress said...

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

March 12, 2009 at 8:40 AM  
Blogger Federica said...

I've added you to my blog list so everyone can see this beautiful blog!

March 12, 2009 at 9:30 AM  
Blogger Tina said...

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

March 12, 2009 at 9:33 AM  
Blogger Caroline @ Absolutely Unique said...

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

March 12, 2009 at 9:48 AM  
Anonymous Mer said...

so true... real sad eyes. and so beautiful!

March 12, 2009 at 9:53 AM  
Blogger Shelby said...

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

March 12, 2009 at 9:56 AM  
Anonymous Tina Tarnoff said...

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

March 12, 2009 at 10:08 AM  
Blogger Joanna Goddard said...

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

March 13, 2009 at 1:34 PM  
Blogger Teresa said...

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

March 13, 2009 at 9:22 PM  
Blogger Here, There, Elsewhere... and more said...

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 :)

March 18, 2009 at 9:33 AM  

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