Category: 1961

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Nancy Kwan photographed by Wallace Seawell, 1960.

Sophia Loren on the set of Madame Sans-Gene (1961)  

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Jane Fonda photographed by Allan Grant, 1961.

Doris Day photographed by Bob Willoughby at home, 1961.

Five Girls, Gil with Curl, 1961 Ph. Sam Haskins

Gelatin silver print

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Sophia Loren photographed by Angelo Frontoni, 1961.   

On the evening November 17th, 1961, in Los Angeles , Douglas Kirkland photographed Marilyn Monroe. He was a freshman photographer, 24 years old
with a huge crush on Marilyn (like most men had), on his first major assignment for “Look” magazine, and Marilyn was Hollywood ‘s sexiest star. She was
35 years old, and this was just one year before her untimely death. The photo session was being taken for Look Magazines 25th Anniversary cover. Douglas Kirkland photographed Marilyn in the intimate confines of an unmade bed. The result is a series of some of the most spontaneous and beguiling photographs ever taken of Marilyn.

I was a mess.. a mess. There I was, a kid in my mid twenties, trying to make my mark, trying to imagine some way to approach the biggest star in the world in an entirely new way. It obviously had to be eye-catching, but I wanted a more overt and honest depiction of her than perhaps she was accustomed to showing. Being Canadian in principle and Midwestern in culture though, it wasn’t easy to form the words ‘Marilyn.. I want you undressed.’” – Douglas Kirkland

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Elizabeth Taylor with her husband Eddie Fisher in Moscow, 1961.

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Debbie Reynolds with her children Todd Fisher and Carrie Fisher in 1961.

Photos by David Sutton

Marlon Brando photographed by Richard Avedon, 1961