Revealed: Why Marilyn Posed Nude
Monroe was jealous of Elizabeth Taylor: memoir
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted May 2, 2012 10:13 AM CDT
In this photo provided by Weingrad & Weingrad LLP, a copy of a transparency showing actress Marilyn Monroe made is Los Angeles in July, 1962 is shown.   (AP Photo/Bert Stern)

(Newser) – A new memoir reveals that it was simple jealousy of Elizabeth Taylor that spurred Marilyn Monroe to pose nude. Monroe agreed to be naked while exiting a swimming pool during a photo shoot, as long as Taylor did not appear in any magazines running the images, reports Vanity Fair, which is publishing the images in this month's edition. (While Monroe made just $100,000 for her final film role in Something's Gotta Give, Taylor pulled down $1 million in Cleopatra.) But the nude pictures weren't the only place Monroe bared all. A smattering of her conversations with photographer Lawrence Schiller, as per his memoir Marilyn & Me:

  • On posing naked: "Larry, if I do come out of the pool with nothing on, I want your guarantee that when your pictures appear on the covers of magazines Elizabeth Taylor is not anywhere in the same issue."

  • On having children: “I’ve always wanted a baby. Having a child, that’s always been my biggest fear. I want a child and I fear a child. Whenever it came close, my body said no and I lost the baby.”
  • On Marilyn: “I never wanted to be Marilyn—it just happened. Marilyn’s like a veil I wear over Norma Jeane."
  • On being a sex symbol: Schiller claims that Monroe once told him, "There isn't anybody that looks like me without clothes on," but also complained in their final conversation before her death, "It's still about nudity. Is that all I'm good for? I’d like to show that I can get publicity without using my ass or getting fired from a picture."
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May 6, 2012 6:56 PM CDT
Maybe it was Liz Talor's mob friends that were behind the death of Miss Monroe. Maybe the pharmacist was in on it and her precription was 10x the usual dosage in one little pill. I think the psychiatrist and the housekeeper had something to do with it. It was like they called adult protective services on the poor woman. Her family had it rough. Her 1/2 brother and her poor mother. Her 1/2 sister lived in Florida. See how people get isolated and can be targeted? The world's a stage to some powerful people out there. These pictures are already out there on a website and many many others. I think Marilyn was more a great model than anything. Too bad she didn't have a hand to hold onto more often.
May 3, 2012 5:07 AM CDT
because.....she could
May 2, 2012 12:58 PM CDT
Q: Why Marilyn Posed Nude A: Because future generations deserve it.