An angelic Marilyn Monroe in a pink dress

Taken by silent film star Harold Lloyd, this saucy photo of Marilyn Monroe was taken for Life Magazine at her apartment. It was the first of many photographic collaborations between the two, and just a year later they worked together on an entire swimsuit spread at Lloyd’s estate, Greenacres.

Monroe liked being around Lloyd because his estate meant that there was a certain isolation that an up and coming star required. According to Lloyd’s daughter, Monroe was the perfect house guest. She explained:

She was my age, or maybe a year or two younger, but we came from very different worlds. She sat down to put on her makeup, and we just started chatting about our lives. She insisted on seeing the baby and talked about how she dreamed of having a child of her own one day.

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