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In her lifetime, under pressure from the studios, the media created a joyful and radiant image of Marilyn Monroe, even to the point of making her out to be a “dumb blonde”. Never mind that Marilyn Monroe was actually a woman of keen intelligence and serious purpose: she had to serve the studio’s manufactured image of her if she wanted to maintain her popularity and position.

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Marilyn Monroe, in Central Park, photographed by Sam Shaw 1957.

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Marilyn Monroe, C.1956. Photographed by John Florea

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