Marilyn in the Sunday Times Magazine

Fans in the UK will find Marilyn in today’s Sunday Times Magazine, a special issue marking its 60th anniversary. It also includes an article celebrating another 60th birthday – the Land Rover‘s – with a 1957 photo of Marilyn en route to the beach.

One of the magazine’s earliest issues – an end-of-year round-up published after Marilyn’s death in 1962 – featured a wistful Eve Arnold portrait from the set of The Misfits, accompanied by a poignant quote from her final interview: “I was never used to being happy, so that was something I never took for granted.” She can also be seen on a 1969 cover, as one of 100 icons of the 20th century (flanked by John F. Kennedy and Albert Einstein.)

A wholesome shot of the young Norma Jeane graced the cover in 1973, beginning a 4-week serialisation of Norman Mailer’s Marilyn which ended with a Bert Stern cover. Stern would return in 1982 for a cover story on The Last Sitting.

In the early 2000s, Marilyn made several more covers – with photos by Andre de Dienes, Harold Lloyd, Milton Greene, and Sam Shaw – plus another Stern cover, and a childhood snapshot of Norma Jeane (with an extract from Michelle Morgan’s Marilyn Monroe: Private and Undisclosed inside.) You can read some of these articles at the Divine Marilyn blog.

Thanks to A Passion for Marilyn