Was Marilyn Monroe a happy person

Culture : Once she was happy

She was incredibly photogenic. It was impossible to photograph them badly, reports everyone who got them in front of the lens. For example, Magnum photographer and future Miller wife Inge Morath, who portrayed Marilyn in 1961 while filming John Huston's western “Misfits”: “There was something iridescent and mysterious about her, and when she moved, the whole thing took on a special melt . "Elliott Erwitt raved," She loved the photographers and the camera was crazy about her. "And Eve Arnold remembers:" When you photographed her, she controlled and manipulated everything: me, the camera. She knew her way around the camera and elicited reactions that I have never seen in any other person. "

In 1961, during the filming of “Misfits”, the best Magnum photographers were there: Henri Cartier-Bresson, Inge Morath, Eve Arnold, Ernst Haas, Cornell Capa, Elliot Erwitt and Erich Hartmann. They photographed a final. For two of the stars involved, it was the last film: Clark Gable, who plays the aging cowboy, died of a heart attack two weeks after the last shot. Marilyn, who played better, more beautiful, more touching than ever in “Misfits”, a year later from an overdose of sleeping pills.

“Misfits” is her last completed film. And it is the film that marked the end of the relationship with Arthur Miller. Miller and Monroe, the playwright and Hollywood star, had been together for five years. The script for "Misfits", intended by Miller as a gift for Marilyn and as a door opener for a career as a serious actress, could no longer save the relationship. A few weeks after filming ended, Marilyn separated from him.

That was the end. Lardon-Verlag is now exclusively publishing pictures from the beginning, from another, happier time. "Marilyn - The New York Years" documents the early love between Marilyn and Arthur Miller. Sam Shaw, Marilyn's friend and confidante and something like her court photographer, was there as a silent witness, simply holding the camera on it, not staging much. He shows something unusual: a happy Marilyn. A Marilyn in love - and, perhaps more surprisingly, a Miller in love too. The playwright, otherwise rather reserved, is proud of his beautiful girlfriend. And something else too, awe, caution, as if he had something very precious in his hands.

It is a sensation that these images suddenly appear 42 years after the death of Marilyn Monroe. All the more so as it is a small Berlin publisher that made the running. In the meantime, major publishers and agents are storming in the USA, reports Thomas Lardon, who has secured the Marilyn pictures. The publisher, who caused a sensation two years ago with an illustrated book of unknown Romy Schneider photos, knew what he wanted when he found out that around 7,000 photos are still in the archive of Hollywood photographer Sam Shaw, who died in 1999. He contacted his son Larry Shaw, sent the Romy Schneider tape for inspection and presented a precise plan: Larson wanted Marilyn pictures. And those who don't show the star as a victim. Victim of the media world. Victim of the man's world. Or a victim of himself. He wanted another Marilyn. A happy one. Larry Shaw was immediately convinced.

According to Lardon, Marilyn was probably most likely to have been happy in New York during those years. The love for Arthur Miller was a "great love" from both sides. Joyce Carol Oates ’novel“ Blond ”, which describes the life of the Monroe as a single consequence of injuries, has encouraged him to do so. It shouldn't be those last pictures of a desperate star like Bert Stern shot shortly before her death, not that obsessive, self-destructive preoccupation with her own image, but a relaxed, relaxed Marilyn,

The events are very private. Marilyn choosing a tie for Arthur Miller in a department store and laughing in front of a man's shorts that are much too big. Marilyn eating a sausage on the street with Arthur Miller. The two, hand in hand, on the streets of New York. Marilyn rowing on the pond in Central Park in summer. Who jumps around on the beach and wringing out her wet hair. Who, lost in thought, plays with a strand of hair while talking on the phone in her apartment. And who, at a football game, courageously kicks along.

Participate, be there, be part of it: In his memories, Miller told of Marilyn's dream of living in the country, in her own house. You feel reminded of Marlene Dietrich, whose greatest happiness was cooking for friends: the star's longing for normal life. A longing Marilyn had more reason for than anyone else. Because - the photos also prove this - wherever she appeared, a crowd of people immediately gathered around her. Miller also describes how much Marilyn enjoyed and feared this siege on the one hand. How she stole out the back door, disguised in sunglasses and a headscarf, and, no matter how she felt, was still able to switch to the camera for the sake of the camera: “There she was, serious because it was about a serious matter; but when you recognized her, she had to laugh and play the happy, carefree blonde. ”Even Shaw's photos of a“ happy time ”cannot go back to this paradox, love happiness or not.

The illustrated book “Marilyn - The New York Years” will be published on January 29th by Lardon-Verlag in Berlin (29.90 euros). At the same time, a selection of the photos will also be shown in the Berlin Café Einstein Unter den Linden.

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