Marilyn Monroe: A British Love Affair
25 January – 18 May 2014
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Charting the transformation of the world’s most popular pin-up into an acclaimed actress, through the British personalities who worked with her.
Born Norma Jean Mortenson in 1926, Monroe started out as as a model, rising to superstar status before her death in 1962.
Her illustrious career included a BAFTA nomination for her role alongside Laurence Olivier in The Prince and the Showgirl and a Golden Globe award for Some Like it Hot.
Here, a collection of photographs on loan from National Portrait Gallery feature Antony Beauchamp's poses of Monroe taken in wearing a yellow bikini and Baron's portraits of the actress in California in 1954.
In other pictures, Monroe is caught greeting her adoring fans at a press conference by Life photographer Larry Burrows, who was charged with covering her four-month visit to Britain, while there are also shots of the actress at a Royal Command film performance meeting the Queen and with her husband Arthur Miller, co-star Laurence Olivier and his wife Vivien Leigh.
Photographs taken by Cecil Beaton in his Ambassador Hotel suite in New York in 1956 include Monroe's self-declared favourite image of herself, in which she is seen sprawled out on a bed, clutching a rose.