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October 12, 2015

The Lost Photographs: Rarely Seen Images of Marilyn Monroe Shot by Her Personal Makeup Artist

The photographs of Monroe previously belonged to the estate of Allan ‘Whitey’ Snyder, Monroe’s personal makeup artist for 15 years.


Allan Snyder began his long career as a makeup artist in 1948. He first began his career as an assistant make-up artist on the film The Walls of Jericho.

Whitey Snyder was Marilyn Monroe’s makeup artist throughout her career: from her first screen test at Twentieth Century Fox in 1946 to her funeral makeup in 1962. The pair developed a very close working relationship. Towards the end of her life, Monroe asked Snyder to prepare her face if she were to die before him. This was a promise that he fulfilled, after her death in August 1962. Snyder was also a pall-bearer at her funeral.

For his work, Snyder was twice nominated for Primetime Emmy Awards, under the category of Outstanding Achievement in Make-Up. These nominations came in 1978, for his work on the TV Biopic Marilyn: The Untold Story and in 1981, for Little House on the Prairie. His last project was the 1984 television series, Highway to Heaven which he worked on from 1984 to 1987.

Marilyn Monroe smiles for a photo signed to the son of her makeup artist, Allan "Whitey" Snyder.

An unnamed, undated photo from the collection of Monroe's makeup artist, Allan "Whitey" Snyder.

Monroe poses on the Alberta, Canada, set of 1954's "River of No Return." The photo was taken by her makeup artist, Allan "Whitey" Snyder.

An unnamed, undated photo from the collection of Monroe's makeup artist, Allan "Whitey" Snyder.

Monroe poses on the Alberta, Canada set of 1954's "River of No Return." The photo was taken by her makeup artist, Allan "Whitey" Snyder.

Two color transparency slides taken on the set of 1953's "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes."

Monroe in a photo on the set of her final film, 1962's "Something's Got to Give," which was never finished.

Monroe poses with co-star Robert Mitchum on the Alberta, Canada, set of 1954's "River of No Return."

Monroe poses with some Canadian bears on the set of 1954's "River of No Return."

Monroe poses with a Mountie (possibly just an actor) on the set of 1954's "River of No Return."

Monroe poses on the Alberta, Canada, set of "River of No Return." The actress was injured after slipping on a wet rock during filming, and had her ankle bound up.

Snyder applies makeup to Monroe on the set of 1953's "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes."

Snyder applies Monroe's makeup on the set of 1960's "Let's Make Love."

A Western Union telegram sent to Snyder by Monroe after she was fired from the film "Something's Got to Give" in 1962. The film was never finished and was her last work prior to her death on Aug. 5 that same year.

A color slide taken on the set of "The Prince and the Showgirl" of Monroe in 1957, taken by Snyder. The making of this film was documented in 2010's "My Week with Marilyn."

Monroe posing in a test photo taken by Snyder on the set of her final film, 1962's "Something's Got to Give," which was never finished.

Monroe posing in a test photo taken by Snyder on the set of her final film, 1962's "Something's Got to Give."

Monroe poses in another wardrobe in a test photo on the set of "Something's Got to Give."

Monroe poses in undergarments in a test photo on the set of "Something's Got to Give."

Monroe poses in a denim ensemble in a test photo on the set of "Something's Got to Give."

An unnamed, undated photo from the collection of makeup artist Allan "Whitey" Snyder.

A color slide of Monroe, photographed on the set of 1956's "Bus Stop."

A color slide of Monroe, photographed on the set of 1956's "Bus Stop."

A color slide of Monroe taken on the set of "The Prince and the Showgirl" in 1957.






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