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July 25, 2011

Rare Color Photographs of 19-Year-Old Norma Jeane (aka Marilyn Monroe) in 1946

Brunette, nineteen-year-old, newly-signed model Norma Jeane poses for Hollywood photographer Richard C. Miller in 1946.

She is fresh-faced and… not exactly shy, but as she splashes in the California surf adorned with only a slather of ruby lipstick, the sultry, dazzling image associated with the tragic starlet seems far in the future.

The photographer nicknames her Nonnie. Later, in 1958, they meet again on the set of Some Like It Hot. He doesn’t know how to address her.

(Images: Richard C. Miller, courtesy of Heritage Auctions)

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