Lawrence Schiller, ‘Marilyn Monroe, "Something's Got to Give:" (Blue Robe)’, 1962, Heather James Fine Art: Benefit Auction 2016

Beginning in the 1960s, Lawrence Schiller produced portraits of celebrities at the zenith of their careers, including Barbara Streisand, Muhammad Ali, and Robert F. Kennedy, but without question, it is his series with Marilyn Monroe that is his most revered. Taken just two months before her tragic death, the photographs are imbued with intimacy, showcasing a tender fragility beneath the glossy veneer of America’s blonde bombshell. Schiller’s works have been exhibited around the world and he is also a prominent writer, director, and film producer.

Framed: 32 x 26 in.

About Lawrence Schiller

The themes of celebrity and scandal anchor much of Lawrence Schiller’s diverse body of work, which spans from photography and nonfiction writing to directing Oscar-winning films including Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) and The Man Who Skied Down Everest (1972). Schiller achieved early success as a photojournalist, publishing photographs of movie stars, athletes, and politicians in magazines and newspapers worldwide. Schiller’s most iconic images capture a nude Marilyn Monroe filming a pool scene for the motion picture Something’s Got to Give, just a few months before her death in 1962. In addition to his memoir Marilyn & Me (2012), Schiller has published eleven books over the course of his career, many with his lifelong collaborator Norman Mailer.

American, b. 1936, Brooklyn, New York, based in Los Angeles, California