Marilyn Monroe 1945: Norma Jeane Dougherty

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Coda Publications, 2008 - Photography - 31 pages

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A small book of fine color pictures of a girl known as Norma Jeane Daugherty, age 17. This was her first modeling job for which she was paid $20. It all happened one day, at the Beach, a bit north of Santa Monica near a formation known as Castle Rock. The shots were made on Kodachrome film with a prototype Mercury II camera loaned to Carroll for testing. Shortly afterward the camera went into production and Norma Jeane moved on to a minor career with Blue Book Models in Los Angeles. From there it was into the Hollywood scene, a name change and mentoring by a capable talent agent.
In addition to the pictures, Carroll provides an unusually complete report on the day's events. Where she dressed, lunch at a drive-in, the camera jams and more and more details of the day.
But he never saw the girl again and didn't even know who Marilyn Monroe was until after her death.
Fate beyond measure.
And this book; a treasure for MM fans who will notice that the comb, in the book's cover picture, has two broken teeth. She was so poor she could not afford a new comb!.

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