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August 5, 2013

Marilyn Monroe’s Very First Photoshoot, 1946

Joseph Jasgur (1919 – 2009) was a photographer who photographed celebrities during the golden age of Hollywood. He was noted for his photographs of Marilyn Monroe.

Jasgur was just 26 when Monroe, then known as Norma Jean Dougherty, walked into his Los Angeles photo studio in 1946. She had no money but wanted to become a model. Jasgur led her into the alley and snapped several shots.

During the next three weeks, Jasgur shot dozens more: Norma Jean in the Hollywood Hills, Norma Jean at the beach. The glamour shots worked. They were part of the portfolio that Monroe showed to 20th Century Fox. She became rich and famous. Jasgur did not.

(Photos: AP Photo / Julien's Auctions)

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