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Marilyn Monroe

By Graflex
The date:November 20th.1956:The Time:8pm and the place:North Side,Bath Rd,London Airport (as we know it today,Heathrow).

The departure of MARILYN MONROE from London.She had been over here making the movie "The Prince and the Showgirl" alongside Sir LAURENCE OLIVIER.
Seen in the departure lounge with Marilyn,is Larry and his wife,actress VIVIEN LEIGH.
Boarding the plane,she is with her husband,Arthur Miller.
They are leaving on the newly introduced DC-7 of Pan-Am airlines.The small steps were at the back of the plane.It was just a short walk from the departure lounge.

The material I used was Sheet Film,and shot on a old Plate camera,using Flashbulbs.Enough to light up the airport.

Norma Jean of course was Marilyn's real name.
The pictures have just been used in a column devoted each week to the past days of Heathrow,by papers,inc Skyport covering the airport and boundaries.

What I do remember vividly,the coldness that night standing on the tarmac.I was froze to the ground-just glad the flashbulbs went off.

Tags: Photo journalism

Voters: raygregson, riprap007, NevP and 5 more

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2 Oct 2009 8:40AM
interesting picture,well written.ray
NevP 15 853 13 Canada
2 Oct 2009 3:58PM
CSuk 11 7 33 United Kingdom
2 Oct 2009 6:17PM
Interesting article.
Another tit-bit for you also. It came out later, post film that is, that Olivier absolutely detested Monroe as he thought she was brash and childish, and almost stopped making the movie because of her. Mind you, Olivier was also one of those old fashioned theatrical snobs.
Thanks 4 the share.
peg 13 1 1 United Kingdom
2 Oct 2009 7:08PM
I'm not sure EPZ knows how lucky it is to have you posting these things.
Graflex 17 488 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2009 8:49AM
CSuk that was correct.
I believe PETER does know,Peg.

Im also proving a point that it's not important to change a camera every 5 minutes.I used the same Rollei for years and years.The subject matter is far more important.


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