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André de Dienes. Marilyn Monroe

Hardcover, 5.9 x 7.7 in., 2.89 lb, 616 pages
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The photos and memoirs of Marilyn Monroe's first photographer, brief fiancé, and lifelong friend. Part of TASCHEN's Bibliotheca Universalis series, André de Dienes' deeply personal archive spans from Norma Jeane the aspiring model to Marilyn Monroe, the global and deeply troubled star, just days before her untimely death. The result is an unparalleled account of an icon whose magnetism continues to this day.

Before Marilyn, there was Norma Jeane

A story of love and friendship with a megastar in the making
One day in 1945, fashion photographer André de Dienes met an aspiring model named Norma Jeane Dougherty. It was a momentous moment, both for his personal life and his photographic portfolio. Over the next few years, he would be briefly engaged to Norma Jeane, take a number of adventurous road trips with her, and build up a stunning series of portraits which would help launch her modeling, and later movie, career.

Now available as part of TASCHEN's Bibliotheca Universalis series, this collection of de Dienes's photographs and private memoirs offers an intimate picture of Norma Jeane the woman, before she was Marilyn the icon. From their trip to see Norma Jeane’s mother in a mental hospital to Marilyn’s visit a few days before her death, de Dienes's emotion-laden archive, often annotated with handwritten notes, offers a deeply personal account of Monroe's transformation from a sensitive, ambitious girl into a deeply troubled global star.
The editor

California-native Steve Crist's TASCHEN titles include André de Dienes's Marilyn, William Claxton's Steve McQueen, and The Polaroid Book.

André de Dienes. Marilyn Monroe
Hardcover, 5.9 x 7.7 in., 2.89 lb, 616 pages
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