Photos of Marilyn Monroe that were taken before her meteoric rise to fame and tragic death have been discovered by Life.com. The unpublished photographs of Monroe were taken at the age of 24 in Griffith Park in Los Angeles, California. The
1950 photos were shot by Life photographer Ed Clark.
“She hasn’t really exploded as a star, yet she was on the brink of something big,” according to Dawnie Walton, deputy editor at
Life.com. The site offers more than 7 million Life magazine photographs. Walton says the photos were probably taken for a cover shoot that was never used. Monroe appeared on her first Life magazine cover in 1952.
Photographer Ed Clark spoke to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and said a friend from 20th Century Fox heard that the studio had just signed “a hot tomato.” “She was unknown then, so I was able to spend a lot of time shooting her,” Clark said. “We’d go out to Griffith Park and she’d read poetry. I sent several rolls to Life in New York, but they wired back, ‘Who the hell is Marilyn Monroe?’”
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Photo by Ed Clark – Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images