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Marilyn & Me: A Photographer's Memories (edition 2012)

by Lawrence Schiller

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Title:Marilyn & Me: A Photographer's Memories
Authors:Lawrence Schiller
Info:Nan A. Talese (2012), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 128 pages
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A pleasant memoir by the cameraman who photographed Marilyn Monroe during the last two years of her life. The few insights into Marilyn's personality/psyche make it worth the read. It is short so modest investment of effort for sufficient reward. ( )
  SigmundFraud | Dec 29, 2012 |
Lawrence Schiller was a Hollywood photographer, one of the best. Now he's a writer. This small but highly intriguing book is about his professional relationship with Marilyn Monroe, and what he learned about her through the camera's lens. Filled with his iconic pictures (yes, HE was the one that got the nude pool pictures on the "Something's Got To Give" set, with Marilyn's complicity--it is quite the story), this will be a treat for photography fans as well as Rat Pack era Hollywood and, of course, Marilyn. ( )
  JackieBlem | Jul 16, 2012 |
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An intimate memoir recalling a young photographer's relationship with Marilyn Monroe just months before her death, with extraordinary photographs, some of which have never been published.

"With the precision of a surgeon, Schiller slices through the façade of Marilyn Monroe in his unflinching memoir. Revealing and readable, it’s a book I couldn’t put down." —Tina Brown

When he pulled his station wagon into the 20th Century-Fox studios parking lot in Los Angeles in 1960, twenty-three-year-old Lawrence Schiller kept telling himself that this was just another assignment, just another pretty girl. But the assignment and the girl were anything but ordinary. Schiller was a photographer for Look magazine and his subject was Marilyn Monroe, America's sweetheart and sex symbol. In this intimate memoir, Schiller recalls the friendship that developed between him and Monroe while he photographed her in Hollywood in 1960 and 1962 on the sets of Let's Make Love and the unfinished feature Something's Got to Give, the last film she worked on.

Schiller recalls Marilyn as tough and determined, enormously insecure as an actress but totally self-assured as a photographer’s model. Monroe knew how to use her looks and sexuality to generate publicity, and in 1962 she allowed Schiller to publish the first nude photographs of her in over ten years, which she then used as a weapon against a studio that wanted to have her fired—and ultimately succeeded. The Marilyn Schiller knew and writes about was adept at hiding deep psychological scars, but she was also warm and open, candid and disarming, a movie star who wished to be taken more seriously than she was.

Accompanying the text are eighteen of the author’s own photographs, some never previously published. Many writers have tried to capture her essence on the page, but as someone who was in the room, a young man Marilyn could connect with and trust, Schiller gives us a unique look at the real woman offscreen.

"In this short, splendid memoir, Lawrence Schiller offers us another cut on the scintillating diamond that is Marilyn Monroe. In clear honest straightforward prose, Schiller allows us to dwell in the heart of another time. He captures Marilyn, both in photographs and words, and in so doing he gives us intimate access into one of the great stories of the 20th century: the complicated cocktail of joy and sadness that goes along with both beauty and fame." —Colum McCann

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A personal account by the author recounts his early days as a photojournalist and his friendship with Marilyn Monroe on the sets of "Let's Make Love" and the unfinished "Something's Got to Give.

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