Fabled Enchantresses: The Marilyns That Were Not

Fabled Enchantresses: The Marilyns That Were Not

Marilyn Monroe as Theda Bara as Cleopatra in Bara's 1917 silent film of the same name.

Marilyn also posed as film and stage actresses Marlene Dietrich, Jean Harlow, Lillian Russell, and Clara Bow for photographer Richard Avedon's photo spread "Fabled Enchantresses" in the Christmas 1958 issue of Life magazine.

The piece was accompanied by an essay titled "My Wife, Marilyn" written by Monroe's then husband, playwright Arthur Miller. About photographing her, Avedon had this to say, More Reel Life writes:

"She gave more to the still camera than every other actress—every other woman—I had the opportunity to photograph . . . " He added that she was more patient with him and more demanding of herself than others, and that she was more comfortable in front of the camera than when not posing.

Published on December 22, 1958.

Fabled Enchantresses: The Marilyns That Were Not

Fabled Enchantresses: The Marilyns That Were Not

Fabled Enchantresses: The Marilyns That Were Not

Fabled Enchantresses: The Marilyns That Were Not