Loved by the Lens: Frank Powolny’s Marilyn



‘Loved by the Lens’, David Cohea’s article about Hollywood’s glamour queens for the May 2020 issue of ReMind Magazine, has been posted on the Central Jersey website today. The article mentions Marilyn’s iconic work with Frank Powolny (as seen on the cover), and suggests he may also have photographed her on the set of her final, incomplete movie, Something’s Got to Give.

“Up until the late 1940s, Norma Jeane was simply a model and aspiring actress. But once she became Marilyn Monroe, radically transforming herself into the face of Hollywood glamour — a blond bombshell with long, prominent brows, heavy-lidded eyelashes and trademark red lipstick — the rest was history. Photographers loved her almost more than the red-blooded American male. Twentieth Century Fox photographer Frank Powolny took this publicity still of Monroe in 1953 prior to the release of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. (Powolny also had snapped the iconic photo of Betty Grable.) They became friends and he photographed her many times, including the last known still photos of Monroe before her death in 1962. Another photo from the 1953 session, a headshot of Marilyn by Powolny, which was signed by Monroe, sold at auction in 2016 for $24,959.”