Avedon captures Monroe’s soul – she would have been 89 today, and probably never suspected she would become immortal…

marilyn monroe photo by avedon

“Hollywood is a place where they’ll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul.”  Marilyn Monroe

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  1. George Kaplan
    July 19, 2013

    I love the contrast between the picture – her stunning smile – and the melancholic perceptiveness of her comment. She was a complex woman and there’s been no one else quite like her. Great post, Vickie!

    • July 19, 2013

      That was a bit of a cheat of mine, using a quote out of context — but it was about Hollywood, so I had to!

  2. beautycalyptique
    July 19, 2013

    I’ll be even more morbid than George on this one. She’s like that tiger rug, only moving.
    But the beauty of the picture is untouched.

  3. July 19, 2013

    What a powerful photograph. Thanks.

  4. July 19, 2013

    Dearest V
    There is a magic at work here, like that when Testino photographed Diana many years later.
    It is the unleashing on a spirit too long contained.
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

    • July 19, 2013

      Yes, thank you! That’s it!

  5. July 19, 2013

    ‘Ouch’ to the quote.

  6. Heather in Arles
    July 20, 2013

    One of my very favorites of her and the comments here are amazing!!!!
    You got good peeps, Ms. V.

    • July 20, 2013

      Very good peeps, indeed!

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