Elliott Erwitt Remembers ‘Sensitive’ Marilyn

Marilyn filming The Seven Year Itch in New York, 1954

Photographer Elliott Erwitt, still active at 93, has shared his memories of Marilyn (and much more) in an interview with Phil Mistry for the PetaPixel website.

“PM: You have photographed celebrities like Marlene Dietrich, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Marilyn Monroe, Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, and I forget how many more. But who was your favorite celebrity to photograph?

EE: I don’t know. I’ll think about that.

PM: What attracted you to photographing Marilyn Monroe?

EE: It’s just an opportunity I had. I met her on a movie set, several movie sets. It would be difficult to take a bad picture of Marilyn Monroe. She is a real star. She’s sensitive in spite of her popularity. She was neurotic. Did I say sensitive?

PM: Yes, you did.”

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