So powerful were the charms of Marilyn Monroe, that to this day more than fifty years after her death, she remains a cultural icon of the first magnitude. Marilyn is seen here in a pair of original 1950s news service 7x9 wire photos with her third husband, playwright Arthur Miller. Married for five years from 1956 to 1961, they seem quite the happy couple in these images, indicating the photos were snapped before their relationship soured.
The first photo shows Miller kissing Monroe on the forehead. A blurb dated 6/22/56 is affixed to the reverse, with text noting this as "the first photo of the pair together". Also stated is "it became known that they plan to wed before the actress leaves for England next month to make a picture", an obvious reference to the 1957 film "The Prince and the Showgirl". This photo is glossy and appealing with a sharp images, however some minor surface loss at bottom left and a small tape repair at upper right force a technical rating of (GD).
The second photo is from the 1957 April in Paris Ball at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. As was usual, Marilyn was the center of attention at this event, drawing attention away from guests of honor the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. Judging from the elegant gown she is wearing in this photo, it would seem impossible for the press corps to resist her. Crisp and bold, this captivating photo rates as (VG) with moderate signs of age appropriate wear. Among the written and stamped notations on the reverse are "Marilyn (& husband)" reducing celebrated writer Miller to prop status; and "Sunday Amusements" indicating the newspaper section the photo was slated to appear in.