onlyoldphotography: “ Alfred Eisenstaedt: Marilyn Monroe, 1953 “When I photographed Marilyn Monroe, I mixed up my cameras - one had black-and-white film, the other color. I took many pictures. Only two color ones came out all right. My favorite.
In Marilyn Monroe's most memorable Hollywood roles were still a few years ahead of her. LIFE recently shared a set of striking portraits by Alfred Eisenstaedt which show the star before she really made it big.