Marilyn Monroe allowed photographer Lawrence Schiller to take nude photos of her on one major condition

by Asfa Shakeel

Marilyn Monroe let photographer Lawrence Schiller take nude pictures of her on the set of her last movie, Something’s Got to Give, in 1962. However, she had once condition: he would not publish the pictures in any magazine featuring Elizabeth Taylor.

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Actress Marilyn Monroe posing for husband Arthur Miller fr. in dressing rm. doorway. (Photo by John Bryson/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)

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Monroe at home in California. (Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt/Pix Inc./The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Throughout her career, Monroe remained envious of her contemporary Elizabeth Taylor, who earned a sizable sum more than her for the movies she was appearing in. Monroe told Schiller that Fox Studios had paid Taylor $1 million for her performance in Cleopatra, while Monroe herself received only $125,000 for her last film, Something’s Got to Give.

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Actress Marilyn Monroe was envious of Elizabeth Taylor. (Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt/Pix Inc./The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

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An early publicity shot of Marilyn Monroe, 1948. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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Unused footage of American film star Marilyn Monroe shows off her curves in her last film. (Photo by Mr L J Willinger/Getty Images)

To prove that she had more traction with the audiences, Monroe agreed to pose nude for Schiller on the set of her movie, given that he would not approach magazines that featured Taylor.

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Actress Marilyn Monroe at home. (Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt/Pix Inc./The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

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American film star Monroe (1926 – 1962) outside her home at Englefield Green. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

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1961: Monroe in her last completed movie, ‘The Misfits’, directed by John Huston. (Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)

Schiller agreed, and Monroe jumped into a swimming pool on the sets of Something’s Got to Give and told him to take pictures of her coming out of it naked.

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Portrait of American actor Marilyn Monroe (1926 – 1962) kneeling in a chair in a two-piece polka dot bathing suit in 1951. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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Marilyn Monroe (1926 – 1962), the Hollywood film actress in 1954. (Photo by Baron/Getty Images)

These iconic pictures are now being auctioned off at the Heritage Auctions in New York. The 12 pictures taken by Lawrence Schiller were enough to make him famous for a very long time, and the photographer, only 25 years old at the time of the photoshoot, had the foresight to know this. According to Nigel Russell, the director of photographs, the pictures will sell for $35,000.

Actress Marilyn Monroe leans on a Singer Automobile as she poses for a portrait on the set of the movie “How To Marry A Millionaire” which was released in 1953. (Photo by Frank Worth, Courtesy of Capital Art/Getty Images)

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CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES – MAY 1953: Marilyn Monroe reading at home. (Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt/Pix Inc./The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Schiller first met Marilyn in 1960 while she was filming Fox’s Let’s Make Love, and remembers her fondly to this day as the woman that gave him access to her life. It was this candid friendship that led to her allowing him to take nude pictures of her two years later.

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American actress Marilyn Monroe lounges atop a piano surrounded by extras in a barroom scene from the film ‘River of No Return’, Los Angeles, California, 1954. (Photo by J. R. Eyerman/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

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In her apartment, American actress Marilyn Monroe pours a drink from a decanter as her husband, Arthur Miller and Kermit Bloomgarden sit in the background, New York, 1958. (Photo by Robert W. Kelley/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Monroe also posed nude before her steep success in 1949, when she modeled for photographer Tom Kelly for a mere $50. This was before the actress received fame for her roles in Asphalt Jungle and All About Eve. She also appeared on the cover of Playboy in 1953 as the Sweetheart of the Month.

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Marilyn Monroe, pinup photo, speaking on a telephone and reclining against a mirror, 1950. (Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images)

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American actress Marilyn Monroe (1926 – 1962) leans over the balcony of the Ambassador Hotel in March 1955 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ed Feingersh/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Something’s Got to Give was Monroe’s last movie: she was fired only 32 days after production due to her erratic behavior and was replaced by actress Dorris Day. The movie was released as Move Over Darling. Monroe committed suicide a few months later.



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