By Andre de Dienes
Marilyn Monroe had her blonde hair, her film career, her
bouts of depression, her affairs with the Kennedy men,
and her famous failed marriages, she was Norma Jeane Baker,
a breathtaking, stunning ingénue from sunny southern
her first husband was stationed in the south Pacific during
WWII, Norma Jeane met a photographer named André
de Dienes, who became smitten by this brunette beauty.
Together, they traveled throughout the western states
in his Buick Roadmaster, taking hundreds of pictures on
the beach, in the snow, and in the mountains.
40 years after her tragic death, TASCHEN has published
an amazing collection of de Dienes' images that takes
readers time traveling through the life of norma Jeane
before and after she became the quintessential blonde
the images don't capture your attention, the presentation
of the photographs will. The publishers have placed the
impeccably printed book within a 16'x19' Kodak professional
film box: bright yellow, weathered, and labeled with grease
pencil as id unearthed from the archives of this photographer's
studio. The commemorative box (which retails for $200)
also contains a small binder of de Dienes' magazine covers
featuring Norma Jeane, and an exact replica of de Dienes'
diary with day-to-day reflections about their lifelong
friendship through her transformation into "Marilyn
Monroe" the icon.
you can easily spend hours looking at the joyful, youthful
images in this book, you will inevitable catch yourself
searching Marilyn's face to spot the sadness of a tragic
life. And when you find it, you miss her even more.