This lovely photo of Marilyn – taken by Sam Shaw in the summer of 1957 – graces the cover of SAGA magazine’s July issue (for subscribers only.) Inside, Sarah Oliver looks back on ‘the beauty, the glamour, the tragedy’ of Marilyn’s life, as we approach the 60th anniversary of her death.
“‘There’s a mystery about her, a woundedness. She is radiant, luminous, but there is great melancholy. Look at other stars such as Elizabeth Taylor or Lady Gaga, we just don’t have the same feeling of elusiveness, of the mysterious feminine’ – Joyce Carol Oates, author of Blonde
‘It’s a tragedy. An unwanted child who becomes the most wanted woman in the world and has to deal with all of the desire that is directed at her’ – Andrew Dominik, director of Blonde
‘She was the last of the huge stars, after her movies seemed to get smaller and smaller’ – Adrian Hodges, screenwriter for My Week With Marilyn
‘Marilyn flickers through history in a way other people don’t. They are flat on the page compared to her … We know so much about her yet, as we try to grasp who she is, she eludes us’ – Anthony Summers, author of Goddess”