This is obviously an extremely rare Marilyn Monroe item and is guaranteed to be a one-of-one artwork. Acquired in Los Angeles, California.
If you like what you see, I encourage you to make an Offer. Please check out my other listings for more wonderful and unique artworks! About Norma Jeane aka Marilyn Monroe. After a year of marriage, with the war. In full swing, Jim enlisted in the merchant marines.
He was sent to Catalina Island for training, and for a while Norma Jeane joined him there. With her husband away, seventeen-year-old Norma Jeane went to live with Jim's mother.
Her mother-in-law was working at Radio Plane, an aircraft plant, and she was able to get Norma Jeane a job there folding and inspecting parachutes. One day that fall-and it was one of the most fateful days in the life of Marilyn Monroe, while she was working, an army photographer named David Conover came to take publicity pictures of attractive young women working in the American factories-to boost the soldiers' morale. On an assembly line, Conover came across Norma Jeane.He asked her to pose and snapped. Something happened between Norma Jeane and the lens. Conover was the first person to discover what many, many others would soon learn: The camera loved Norma Jeane. Excited by her potential, Conover asked Norma Jeane to pose for him again. He said he had a lot of contacts that he wanted me to look into. Conover continued photographing Norma Jeane, building up a professional portfolio for her. And he was true to his word. When he felt she was ready he introduced her to the modeling agent Emmeline Snively. At the Blue Book Modeling Agency, Emmeline Snively assessed the nineteen-year-old hopeful, but she didn't get a sense of sexuality. Instead she found Norma Jeane to be a clean, shining, pleasant, expressive-faced little girl. We said,'the girl-next-door type.
She looked at the board of cover girls and said,'Oh, those girls are so pretty. But I thought what a wonderful little doll she would be on a cover someday. Snively talked Norma Jeane into straightening and bleaching her hair, assuring her a blonde would get more jobs. "She started out with less than any girl I ever knew, " Snively said, but she worked the hardest.
She wanted to learn, wanted to be somebody, more than anybody I ever saw before in my life. Some of the emptiness that her husband had sensed in her was being filled as professionals became interested in her beauty as a commodity. In her excitement Norma Jeane wrote to Dougherty to inquire how he felt about her modeling. I told her if she was enjoying herself it didn't bother me much. " But Dougherty was soon to find out "it cost more to be a model than she made.She enjoyed doing it and. It just grew after that. Dougherty thought it was fine. It was just something for her to do until he got home. One of the first people to whom Snively sent Norma Jeane was the photographer Laszlo Willinger. "I made some tests with her, " Willinger recalled. From that time on I used her for years. She was a very good model. I had her on, easily, a hundred magazine covers. Her face and figure were well known long before she became Marilyn Monroe. Some seventy years later Willinger's assistant during that time, Christian Larson, remembered: I did her body makeup-that could be a legacy in itself. She did cheesecake and lots of semi nudes. She was very comfortable with her body, no hang-ups at all about displaying herself around the studio completely naked. One time when she was booked for a shoot she called and said she couldn't make it because she discovered that she was allergic to penicillin and developed a rash. Laszlo didn't believe her. So I went over and picked her up.
She came out of the dressing room and did a charming little striptease for us. Sure enough she was covered with little red welts. I'll always remember the cute way she said it.
Norma Jeane was appearing on magazine covers both locally and internationally. Dougherty, still traveling in the merchant marines, recalled, I was in Buenos Aires and here was a magazine with her picture on the cover. I told the guys'this is my wife.They didn't believe young Dougherty was married to the incredible cover girl. Dougherty was beginning to get concerned.
When they had an opportunity to talk he would tell her, When I get out of the service and come home, this stops. We're going to have a family. Norma Jeane always replied, Yes, that's true.But she was starting to feel differently. This item is in the category "Art\Art Sculptures". The seller is "willsusa_utzeqm" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada.