This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.

Lee Miller (1) [1907–1977]

This page covers the author of Grim Glory; Pictures of Britain under Fire.

For other authors named Lee Miller, see the disambiguation page.

MembersReviewsPopularityRatingFavorited   Events   
20199,342 (4.33)00
No events listed. (add an event)
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Canonical name
Legal name
Other names
Date of birth
Date of death
Burial location
Country (for map)
Place of death
Places of residence
Awards and honors
Short biography
From The New York Times: In the 1920s, Elizabeth "Lee" Miller's cool, sexually liberated flapper visage was everywhere. On the cover of Vogue and in other publications, her blond bob gleamed like the golden helmet of a gin-alley goddess. It was while modeling for Edward Steichen that Miller began to learn the basics of photography, and found herself inspired to move behind the camera. In the 1930s, she plunged into the Montparnasse art scene, appearing in Jean Cocteau's film "The Blood of a Poet," sitting for Pablo Picasso's portraits of Provençal wenches, and, most fortunately, after presenting herself to Man Ray as his protégée, becoming his lover, muse and eventual collaborator.

She became a Surrealist photographer herself who worked with and was friends with a wide number of major artists of her time including Henry Moore, Eileen Agar, Jean Dubuffet, Dorothea Tanning, Max Ernst, and Paul Éluard, besides Picasso and Cocteau. Lee Miller was one of the most extraordinary photographers of the 20th century, famous for her portraits and devastating photographs of World War II, as well as for her legendary beauty. As an intrepid photojournalist, she was among the first to document the liberation of Nazi concentration camps. An art student and a "Vogue" model, she was a close friend of artists such as Picasso, Cocteau, Max Ernst and Paul Eluard, and became a muse of Man Ray and the Parisian surrealists. She married the English historian and modern art collector Sir Roland Penrose in 1947 and they bought Farley Farm in East Sussex, where some of her works are still exhibited.

Member ratings

Average: (4.33)
3 1
5 2

Improve this author

Combine/separate works

Author division

"Lee Miller" is composed of at least 6 distinct authors, divided by their works. You can edit the division.

Name disambiguation

Go to the disambiguation page to edit author name combination and separation.


Lee Miller is composed of 1 name.

Combine with…


About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 128,060,054 books! | Top bar: Always visible