Yesterday I posted the image seen at the top of this set, in the middle, and since then I have had a few questioning the authenticity of it, which I completely understand.
I got the image from a very trusted site, Immortal Marilyn, I also then dug around on two other sites that I trust which led me to the other images and magazine scan also seen in the above set.
Unlike the time when Marilyn sat for Tom Kelley in 1949, the photographs that Earl Moran took over various sessions between 1946 and 1950 were not meant to be seen by anyone other than Marilyn and Earl. In fact the image was commissioned by Tom Kelley.
Earl Moran would take pictures of models in various poses and then paint them, changing and keeping some details, to be sold and displayed on calendars.
Marilyn Monroe was by far the most famous model he ever painted, and although some features have been changed in some of the finished images, the pictures above are certainly that of Marilyn Monroe.
I hope this clears up any doubts you all may have.
Marilyn Monroe in “O. Henrey’s Full House”
Marilyn and her pet chihuahua Josefa by Earl Leaf in 1950.
Do you know the real reason that Marilyn and Yves Montand actually really hit it off? What happened with Montand was, yes he was attractive and if you look at him he was kind of the type of man she liked, but he confessed to her on the set [of Let’s Make Love] that he was terrified. He was as frightened as she was because he was having trouble with his English, he felt that he was making an idiot of himself, and he felt like George Cukor wasn’t helping him. And what happened is Marilyn said, “Gee, you feel just the way I do. I never had a male co-star who admitted that he was scared.” And so they made this immediate kind of connection.
I don’t have this in my book either, this particular kind of secret, but she was very sick and she hadn’t been able to go to work. Montand was in the bungalow next door to her at the Beverly Hills Hotel and she sent my mother next door to ask him to come see her. And he talks about going in and holding her hand and seeing that she had a fever. Arthur had gone off someplace to Ireland and Simone had left the country. Montand talked about the fact that he felt her forehead to see that she had a fever and he was gone, they kissed and that was it. The interesting thing is he was very condescending as many people were to Marilyn. He confessed years later to me while having a couple glasses of wine, “You know, I really did love her,” in spite of what he said in the newspapers which was very demeaning. “To tell you the truth, I was afraid I would become Mr. Monroe.”
- Susan Strasberg, interview with Skip E. Lowe
…Anyone mention she is a beautiful, gorgeous size 12?
No because it’s a myth.
Marilyn Monroe has been the symbol of “better days” when women were more voluptuous and there wasn’t this ridiculous concentration on photoshop. Women are fond of saying that Marilyn was around the same size as the average American woman today, a size 12-16. Nothing could be further from the truth.
In the 1980s the US Department of Commerce decided to get rid of the uniform sizing system in order to accommodate both vanity and women’s expanding girth. Today a size 8 would be equivalent to a size 16-18 in 1950.
One of Marilyn’s dressmakers stated her exact measurements which he took from one of her carefully preserved dresses. She was 5 foot 5.5 inches tall, had a 35 inch bust, 22 inch waist (2-3 inches smaller than the average in 1950 and 12 inches smaller than the average today), 35 inch hips, and she wore a size 36D bra. (Her waist was still 2-3 inches smaller than the average woman in 1950.) Her weight fluctuated but she always seemed to come back to 115-120 lbs.
Even with the fluctuation between brands in the sizes of clothes, Marilyn would probably have worn a size 4 today or a size 8 in the UK. Her jean size would have been below a 0 in American sizes thanks to her extremely small waist.
So while you may delude yourself into thinking Marilyn Monroe was this pillar of the “curvy” woman she is really no different than the female actresses and models of today.
As long as you are happy what does it matter what size clothing you wear.