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Detail from "Marilyn, August 1953: The Lost LOOK Photos by John Vachon

NOTE: This article was originally published as Marilyn Monroe: Lost Photos of America's Sweetheart Recovered, on OpEdNews, February 13, 2012. However multiple technical difficulties resulted in problems with the text, the photos and the captions, so it is reprinted here in corrected form with a new title.

In August 1953, LOOK magazine documentary photographer, John Vachon, was sent to Alberta Canada to take pictures of Marilyn Monroe filming on location. He took over 100 stunning photos of her during two weeks, but only three were published in LOOK. The rest were forgotten for nearly 60 years, until they were recently rediscovered.

Marilyn, August 1953: The Lost LOOK Photos, Photographs by John Vachon, Text by Brian Wallis (Calla Editions) is a luscious, hardcover, coffee table book with over 100 previously unseen photos.


Cover, "Marilyn, August 1953: The Lost LOOK Photos by John Vachon

Marilyn Monroe was in the Canadian Rockies to make River of No Return shortly after the release of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. She had injured an ankle, and taken time off to recuperate. As a result, Vachon had the opportunity to photograph her in a more relaxed atmosphere than was typical for the star.


From "Marilyn, August 1953: The Lost LOOK Photos" by John Vachon

We are used to seeing Marilyn sexy and sultry, and there's plenty of that in these photos -- but there's also a relaxed, playful Marilyn that is rarely seen.

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From "Marilyn, August 1953: The Lost LOOK Photos" by John Vachon

And the Rockies offered a breathtaking background for a goddess of the screen.


From "Marilyn, August 1953: The Lost LOOK Photos" by John Vachon

Vachon got a photo of Marilyn with husband-to-be, Joe Dimaggio. the only time that the two posed formally together for a photographer.


From "Marilyn, August 1953: The Lost LOOK Photos" by John Vachon

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Marilyn stands by an appropriately suggestive signpost.


From "Marilyn, August 1953: The Lost LOOK Photos" by John Vachon

Relaxing, (note the cast still on her left foot)

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