A lot of people thought Marilyn Monroe was a ditzy, dumb blonde who couldn’t act, which is 100-percent wrong,” says Pierre Vudrag, founder of the auction website LimitedRuns.com.
“She was savvy and in control of her public persona.” More than a half-century after Marilyn’s tragic death at 36 from a drug overdose in 1962, an exhibit of never-before-seen photos of the star, organized by Vudrag, will tour the country for the next year before the collection is put up for auction.
Marilyn in 1960’s Let’s Make Love.
The images show the legendary sex goddess in unguarded poses, some of which she considered unsuitable for public viewing. “We found these three photos we think are beautiful and the studio thought were great, but they gave them to Marilyn for her opinion and she didn’t like them,” says Vudrag of a series of outtakes from the set of 1960’s Let’s Make Love.
“They didn’t live up to her image at the time, and that wasn’t how she wanted to be seen.” Marilyn understood how to craft her personal brand. “She knew photography was the way to go,” explains Vudrag. “She couldn’t control what the studio did, but she could control how she looked on camera.”
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