Rare Marilyn Monroe Bikini Pin Up Vintage Large Format Earl Leaf Photograph 1950

Rare Marilyn Monroe Bikini Pin Up Vintage Large Format Earl Leaf Photograph 1950

Rare Marilyn Monroe Bikini Pin Up Vintage Large Format Earl Leaf Photograph 1950

We are honored to be your one-stop, 5-star source for vintage pin up, pulp magazines, original illustration art, decorative collectibles and ephemera with a wide and always changed assortment of antique and vintage items from the Victorian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and Mid-Century Modern eras. All items are 100% guaranteed to be original, vintage, and as described. All sell no reserve! ITEM: A truly stunning large format vintage & original silver gelatin photograph of Hollywood’s iconic blonde bombshell and universal sex symbol Marilyn Monroe. Just a remarkable and gorgeous pin-up bathing beauty view of the up and coming then unknown showing off a fresh faced doe eyed look in a bikini. Dating to 1950 and photographed by Earl Leaf, this photo shoot took place at the Hollywood home of Johnny Hyde – MM’s agent and rumored lover. An early view of Marilyn as she transitioned from Blue Book model Norma Jeane into the voluptuous bottle blonde bombshell that would take Hollywood by storm. Measures 10 3/4″ x 14″ with margins on a glossy double weight paper stock. This is an exceptional photograph that has been excellently preserved over the decades. Please use the included images as a conditional guide. Earl Leaf began his career as a journalist for Time and The Saturday Evening Post. Later he snapped the first known western photographs of rebel leaders Mao Tse-Tung and Chou En-Lai while behind communist lines as the North China Manager of United Press. Later he traveled extensively through Europe and Latin America as a war correspondent with the precursor of the CIA, which lead to his illustrated book on the dancers of the West Indies, Isles of Rhythm. Back in the states, Leaf bummed around from place to place, documenting his travels much like Jack London or Thor Heyerdal. He was nicknamed “Loose Leaf” by a group of hobos that he rode the rails with while writing an account of their lives for a Reno newspaper. In the early 50s, Leaf landed in Hollywood, quickly becoming a fixture at press functions. Working as staff photographer for Movie Play, Movie Time and Movie Spotlight magazines, he amassed a huge portfolio of movie stars, rock stars, and candids. If one subject remains constant and obsessive in the work of Earl Leaf, it is women. Leaf shot nearly every day of his life and when he wasn’t shooting the stars, he was shooting the young ladies who’d come to Hollywood with stars in their eyes. A famous papparzo he was. For years, he shot rolls of scantily clad women in his hidden bamboo-covered shack. Previously, the trend in Hollywood had been posing movie starlets in benign domestic settings; Leaf aimed to capture something more sensual and real. His unorthodox approach clicked big-time, revolutionizing the Hollywood publicity machine. He’s remembered for his motto, Down with the boudoir barricades; into the bedrooms with the cameras and the tripods. Biography From: ImmortalMarilyn (dot) com Probably the most celebrated of all actresses, Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926, in Los Angeles General Hospital. Prior to her birth, Marilyn’s father bought a motorcycle and headed north to San Francisco, abandoning the family in Los Angeles. Marilyn grew up not knowing for sure who her father really was. Her mother, Gladys, had entered into several relationships, further confusing her daughter as to who it was who fathered her. Afterward, Gladys gave Norma Jeane (Marilyn) the name of Baker, a boyfriend she had before Mortenson. Poverty was a constant companion to Gladys and Norma. Gladys, who was extremely attractive and worked for RKO Studios as a filmcutter, suffered from mental illness and was in and out of mental institutions for the rest of her life, and because of that Norma Jeane spent time in foster homes. When she was nine, she was placed in an orphanage where she was to stay for the next two years. Upon being released from the orphanage, she went to yet another foster home. In 1942, at age 16, Norma Jeane married 21-year-old aircraft plant worker James Dougherty. The marriage only lasted four years, and they divorced in 1946. By this time, Marilyn began to model swimsuits and bleached her hair blonde. Various shots made their way into the public eye, where some were eventually seen by RKO Pictures head Howard Hughes. He offered Marilyn a screen test, but an agent suggested that 20th Century-Fox would be the better choice for her, since it was a much bigger and more prestigious studio. Her first film was in 1947 with a bit part in The Shocking Miss Pilgrim (1947). Her next production was not much better, a bit in the eminently forgettable Scudda Hoo! Two of the three brief scenes she appeared wound up on the cutting room floor. Later that same year, she was given a somewhat better role as Evie in Dangerous Years (1947). However, Fox declined to renew her contract, so she went back to modeling and acting school. Columbia Pictures then picked her up to play Peggy Martin in Ladies of the Chorus (1948), where she sang two numbers. Notices from the critics were favorable for her, if not the film, but Columbia dropped her. In 1949, she appeared in United Artists’ Love Happy (1949). It was also that same year she posed nude for the now famous calendar shot which was later to appear in Playboy magazine in 1953 and further boost her career. She would be the first centerfold in that magazine’s long and illustrious history. The next year proved to be a good year for Marilyn. She appeared in five films, but the good news was that she received very good notices for her roles in two of them, The Asphalt Jungle (1950) from MGM and All About Eve (1950) from Fox. Even though both roles were basically not much more than bit parts, movie fans remembered her ditzy but very sexy blonde performance. In 1951, Marilyn got a fairly sizable role in Love Nest (1951). The public was now getting to know her and liked what it saw. She had an intoxicating quality of volcanic sexuality wrapped in an aura of almost childlike innocence. In 1952, Marilyn appeared in Don’t Bother to Knock (1952), in which she played a somewhat mentally unbalanced babysitter. The next year, she appeared in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) as Lorelei Lee. It was also the same year she began dating the baseball great Joe DiMaggio. Marilyn was now a genuine box-office drawing card. Later, she appeared with Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall and Rory Calhoun in How to Marry a Millionaire (1953). Although her co-stars got the rave reviews, it was the sight of Marilyn that really excited the audience, especially the male members. On Thursday, January 14th, 1954, Marilyn wed DiMaggio, then proceeded to film There’s No Business Like Show Business (1954). That was quickly followed by The Seven Year Itch (1955), which showcased her considerable comedic talent and contained what is arguably one of the most memorable moments in cinema history: Marilyn standing above a subway grating and the wind from a passing subway blowing her white dress up. By October 1954, Marilyn announced her divorce from DiMaggio. The union lasted only eight months. In 1955, she was suspended by Fox for not reporting for work on How to Be Very, Very Popular (1955). It was her second suspension, the first being for not reporting for the production of The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing (1955). Both roles went to others. Her work was slowing down, due to her habit of being continually late to the set, her illnesses (whether real or imagined) and generally being unwilling to cooperate with her producers, directors, and fellow actors. However in Bus Stop (1956), Marilyn finally showed critics that she could play a straight dramatic role. It was also the same year she married playwright, Arthur Miller (they divorced in 1960). In 1957, Marilyn flew to Britain to film The Prince and the Showgirl (1957) which proved less than impressive critically and financially. The film was an absolute smash hit, with Curtis and Lemmon pretending to be females in an all-girl band, so they can get work. This was to be Marilyn’s only film for the year. In 1960, Marilyn appeared in George Cukor’s Let’s Make Love (1960), with Tony Randall and Yves Montand. The following year, Marilyn made what was to be her final film. The Misfits (1961), which also proved to be the final film for the legendary Clark Gable, who died later that year of a heart attack. The film was popular with critics and the public alike. In 1962, Marilyn was chosen to star in Fox’s Something’s Got to Give (1962). Again, her absenteeism caused delay after delay in production, resulting in her being fired from the production in June of that year. It looked as though her career was finished. Studios just didn’t want to take a chance on her because it would cost them thousands of dollars in delays. She was only 36 years old. Marilyn made only 30 films in her lifetime, but her legendary status and mysticism will remain with film history forever. IMDb Mini Biography By: Denny Jackson. The item “Rare Marilyn Monroe Bikini Pin Up Vintage Large Format Earl Leaf Photograph 1950″ is in sale since Monday, February 01, 2016. This item is in the category “Entertainment Memorabilia\Movie Memorabilia\Photographs\1950-59\Black & White”. The seller is “grapefruitmoongallery” and is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This item can be shipped worldwide.
  • Size: 10 3/4″ x 14″
  • Country/Region of Manufacture: United States

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