The naked truth about Marilyn Monroe's famed appearance on the first Playboy cover: The iconic blonde bombshell born Norma Jeane Mortenson never actually posed for the magazine at all. In fact, when the late Hugh Hefner used "the famous Marilyn Monroe nude" the exact words emblazoned upon the publication's splashy inaugural cover to launch the men's lifestyle and entertainment glossy — and his storied Playboy brand as a whole — in , Monroe hadn't consented to the then-four-year-old images' use, nor had Hefner directly paid her a dime. That was, of course, because neither was legally required. Barris also noted that the shoot lasted two hours and Monroe had made Kelley promise she'd look unrecognizable in the photos. Meanwhile, just one year after she posed for the photos out of desperation, Monroe had begun to find great success as an actor, appearing as both Miss Casswell in All About Eve and The Asphalt Jungle 's Angela Phinlay in just alone.
Marilyn Monroe's Early Career
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Famous for playing comedic " blonde bombshell " characters, she became one of the most popular sex symbols of the s and early s and was emblematic of the era's changing attitudes towards sexuality. Born and raised in Los Angeles , Monroe spent most of her childhood in foster homes and an orphanage and married at the age of While working in a factory as part of the war effort during World War II , she met a photographer from the First Motion Picture Unit and began a successful pin-up modeling career. After a series of minor film roles, she signed a new contract with Fox in late Monroe faced a scandal when it was revealed that she had posed for nude photos before she became a star, but the story did not damage her career and instead resulted in increased interest in her films. By , Monroe was one of the most marketable Hollywood stars; she had leading roles in the film noir Niagara , which focused on her sex appeal, and the comedies Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and How to Marry a Millionaire , which established her star image as a " dumb blonde ".
Marilyn Monroe Didn't Actually Pose for the First Issue of Playboy
In that shoot, the actress posed for some photos behind a semi-see-through, silky cloth that did little to mask the seductress's beauty. No one would could have possibly known the impact these photos would have on popular culture at the time. In fact, one of the Kelley photos would go on to become Playboy Magazine's first centerfold, and would launch the publication into worldwide consciousness with a total of 54, copies sold.
Nowadays, it is really hard to discern something natural and real from the edited, altered and photoshopped. It has been speculated that the famous actress did have some plastic surgery performed on her chin and possibly her nose, despite popular belief. Either way, every talk of her photos stirs up controversy and much attention to this day, proving that some stars shine bright even long after they are gone.