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.André DeDienes
"While it was snowing, we stayed in the room all day long, except for a brief hour when I took her out to photograph her in the snow, reading. She was pampering herself, combing her curly hair out again and again at the mirror, and draping herself in the bed sheet, while examining the results in the mirror. A sexy little "vampire" she was, glamorising herself with the bed sheet, as if it were an expensive evening gown! If only I had the foresight to photograph her in that room as she was glamorising herself on the bed naked, quite uninhibited. The future Marilyn Monroe was there, in that room! A sex symbol was incubating that afternoon!" [read more... discover 8 pages from deDienes' last book]


.Sam Shaw
"She returns to us as the camera's gift, the treasure of remembrance. She returns in echoes of dark and light, in a truth only the image can yield, the shutter's eye which sees and tells. The image of Marilyn haunts and flowers from generation to generation. There are not many of her kind. She was born to film, that illusion transforming life into the reality of art."


.Eve Arnold
"I found myself in the priviledged position of photographing somebody who I had first thought had a gift for the camera, but who turned out had a genius for it."

"Her skin was pneumatic, one could almost touch it on screen. Cineasts refer to this phenomenon as 'Flesh Impact'. Her skin was translucent, white, luminous. Around her face, the light was captured. An aura was formed, giving her a luminous quality on film."

"She was capable of anything. Once I was working with her and she had this interview coming up and we were running late. When the journalist came in, Marilyn was wearing this negligee, it was transparent, and she had a hair brush in her hand. She asked the journalist 'is it okay if I brush my hair while you're here ?', and of course the journalist said she was okay with it. Then she moved to pick up her notepad and next thing she sees, Marilyn is brushing her pubic hair. She asked me 'you're not taking pics anymore ?' and I answered 'no Marilyn, no'...."


.Cecil Beaton
"Miss Marilyn Monroe calls to mind the bouquet of a fireworks display, eliciting from her awed spectators an open-mouthed chorus of wondrous 'Ohs' and 'Ahs.' She is as spectular as the silvery shower of a Vesuvius fountain; she had rocketed from obscurity to become our post-war sex symbol - the Pinup girl of an age. And whatever press agentry or manufactured illusion may have lit the fuse, it is her own weird genius that has sustained her flight." [Quote provided by Val].


.Richard Avedon
"She gave more to the still camera than any actress, any woman I've ever photographed; infinitely more patient, more demanding of herself and more comfortable in front of the camera than away from it."

"There was no such person as Marilyn Monroe. Marilyn Monroe was an invention of hers. A genius invention that she created, like an author creates a character. So when Marilyn Monroe put on a sequin dress and danced in the studio—I mean for hours she danced and sang and flirted, and did this thing. There is no describing what she did, she did Marilyn Monroe... And then there was the inevitable drop because she was someone who went very high up and very way down. And when night was over, she sat in the corner like a child with everything gone. But I wouldn't photograph her without her knowledge of it. And as I came with the camera, I saw that she was not saying no." [Quote provided by Lorraine].


.Henri Cartier Bresson
At a dinner arranged by the Misfits production, Cartier Bresson was placed at Marilyn's side.

He'd put his camera on an empty seat next to him "for a lady who was always late". She arrived. Everyone stood up to salute her. When she meant to sit down, she looked at the camera down on her chair : Cartier Bresson didn't remove it and said "please give your benediction". Marilyn Monroe did and Cartier-Bresson later sent her the camera as a present.

"I saw her bodily for the first time and I was struck by an apparition in a fairy tale"


.Alfred Eisenstaedt
When I photographed Marilyn Monroe, I mixed up my cameras - one had black-and-white film, the other color. I took many pictures. Only two color ones came out all right. My favorite picture of Marilyn hangs always on the wall in my office. It was taken on the little patio of her Hollywood house."


.Inge Morath
"Once she was ready to be photographed, she would surpass the expectations of the lens. She had a shimmering quality like an emanation of water, and she moved lyrically."


.Elliott Erwitt
"It was hard to take a bad photo of her."


...to be continued...


Quotes and anecdotes from the French book "Mémoires de Stars : Marilyn", "The Ultimate Marilyn" by Ernest W. Cunningham, and many documentaries & interviews about Marilyn I have taped.