Marilyn Monroe as Clara Bow photographed by Richard Avedon. In 1958, Life Magazine invited Marilyn Monroe and photographer Richard Avedon to recreate images of five celebrated actresses of different eras. Entitled “Fabled Enchantresses,” the piece was part of the magazine’s December 22 “Christmas” issue.
Avedon found in Marilyn an easy subject to work with, “She gave more to the still camera than every other actress – every other woman – I had the opportunity to photograph…” Images were cut from LIFE and glud to red poster-board by Robert Mainardi of the Magazine. Measures 15 x 26 inches.