Picturing Marilyn, the Hollywood Homegirl

The latest edition of French e-zine Crazy for You looks back on several photo spreads published in the autumn of 1951 (including the October issue of Look magazine), giving readers a glimpse into Marilyn’s daily routine as her profile steadily rose. She was pictured reading, exercising, and taking singing lessons. These images were as crucial to her evolving persona as the more familiar pin-ups.

Within two short years, Marilyn’s hard work had paid off with leading roles in a string of box-office hits, and in June 1953, she and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes co-star Jane Russell were invited to sign their names in cement outside Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. This ultimate glitzy accolade is featured in the latest issue of UK nostalgia mag Yours Retro (#42, with Gene Kelly on the cover.)