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American Masters: Marilyn Monroe: Still Life

Marilyn Monroe was, arguably, the most photographed person ever. "Marilyn Monroe: Still Life," from AMERICAN MASTERS, tells her story through interviews with photographers such as Eve Arnold, Arnold Newman, Elliott Erwitt, George Zimbel and Phil Stern, and especially through the photos themselves, an ageless testament to her grace, guts and sexiness — her humor and vulnerability. She understood their power and she exploited it. She created, and curated, her own image. Though she died 50 years ago, Monroe persists in her image.

Marilyn Monroe photographed by Milton Greene during their “ballerina” sitting, 1954.

Marilyn Monroe photographed by Milton Greene during their “ballerina” sitting, 1954.

Credit: Courtesy of © Milton Greene

Marilyn Monroe, 1953. Photographed by Ben Ross.

Marilyn Monroe, 1953. Photographed by Ben Ross.

Credit: Courtesy of © Ben Ross

Marilyn Monroe between poses during the famous subway grate scene from "The Seven Year Itch," 1954. Photographed by George S. Zimbel.

Marilyn Monroe between poses during the famous subway grate scene from "The Seven Year Itch," 1954. Photographed by George S. Zimbel.

Credit: Courtesy of © George S. Zimbel

Marilyn Monroe posing during the famous subway grate scene from "The Seven Year Itch," 1954. Photographed by Sam Shaw.

Marilyn Monroe posing during the famous subway grate scene from "The Seven Year Itch," 1954. Photographed by Sam Shaw.

Credit: Courtesy of © Sam Shaw

Marilyn Monroe on the beach, photographed by Sam Shaw.

Marilyn Monroe on the beach, photographed by Sam Shaw.

Credit: Courtesy of © Sam Shaw

Marilyn Monroe, 1953. Photographed by Ben Ross.

Marilyn Monroe, 1953. Photographed by Ben Ross.

Credit: Courtesy of © Ben Ross