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Marilyn & Me: A Photographer's Memories

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An intimate memoir recalling a young photographer's relationship with Marilyn Monroe just months before her death, with extraordinary photographs, some of which have never been published.

"With the precision of a surgeon, Schiller slices through the façade of Marilyn Monroe in his unflinching memoir. Revealing and readable, it’s a book I couldn’t put down." —Tina Brown

Hardcover, 128 pages
Published May 29th 2012 by Nan A. Talese (first published January 1st 2012)
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Dec 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
This is a short memoir and it appropriately has little to say. Lawrence Schiller, famous photographer, took photos of Marilyn Monroe on two different occasions. Once on the set of "Let's Make Love," the other on the set of her cancelled final film "Something's Got to Give." That's the main plotline. I guess there should have been a story of a great relationship between the two, some poignant moments, at least some kind of self-awareness or understanding gained from the experiences.

If Schiller ha
Jul 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Lawrence Schiller was a Hollywood photographer, one of the best. Now he's a writer. This small but highly intriguing book is about his professional relationship with Marilyn Monroe, and what he learned about her through the camera's lens. Filled with his iconic pictures (yes, HE was the one that got the nude pool pictures on the "Something's Got To Give" set, with Marilyn's complicity--it is quite the story), this will be a treat for photography fans as well as Rat Pack era Hollywood and, of cou ...more
Andrea Pryke
Jul 14, 2012 rated it liked it
have th e small cheap book enjoyed the text but disappointing that there were no colour photos abd that it was so small damn them for making the other version too expensive definately not produced for Marilyn's average fans but for the elite few who have more money than sense
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
There's not much Marilyn in this tiny book; it's mostly about selling photographs.
What a rat hyena vulture jackal! This guy pissed me off left and right. Like they were such close friends when he was only there to profit off her private moments. EVEN AT HER FUNERAL. When celebrities speak against the paparazzi, I think they mean the embodiment of Lawrence Schiller, the lowly scavenger. Ugh, her pictures bought him a house. He doesn't seem sensitive to her life at all, but tosses money brags all over the place like jizz. There was nothing redeeming to this book at all. He comp ...more
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
This little memoir by famous photojournalist Lawrence Schiller includes some of his iconic photos of Marilyn Monroe (cover of Life magazine) as well as his recollection of his meetings with her when he was young ambitious photographer (age of 23) in 1960 and his working relationship with her up until her sudden death August 5, 1962. The Marilyn who approved every photo ever taken of her through her ups and downs of studio life during that time, her strength, and her concerns. The inside story of ...more
Nov 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Interesting anecdotes and direct quotations from Marilyn. Schiller knew her as a photographer assigned to cover her on the set of several films, spanning the length of some years. It seems like their friendship was sporadic, yet intense. His own evolution as a photographer and businessman was largely spurred by his work with Marilyn.

My favorite recollection of Schiller's was the one where he arrived at Marilyn's house to have her approve some photographs and found Bobby Kennedy there. Schiller
Jean-Paul Adriaansen
Mar 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Lawrence Schiller, a very young photographer working for Look magazine, had the golden assignment to photograph Marilyn Monroe on movie sets in 1960 and 1962. From the very first meeting there was a kind of openness between them that soon led to trust.
50 years after her death, Schiller describes Marilyn Monroe as a very smart and literate person, insecure as an actress, very well aware of her photographic sensual emanation, sometimes acting out as a spoiled brat, but very often warm and sensitiv
Jun 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
A considerable insight on Marilyn Monroe's many encounters. Lawrence tells the story of how he first met Marilyn. When he was just a young photographer who just started in the business.

I enjoyed reading this book. It gave me an adequate amount of information about the life of Marilyn. Her personality. Her confidantes. And most importantly, the last days before her death. I just felt sorry for her. The way she was misunderstood, mistreated.. How everyone seemed to know her as the big sex-symbol
Chris Ryan
Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
Just read Marilyn & Me this afternoon. It is photographer, Lawrence Schiller's recollection of his business relationship with Monroe between the span 1960 and her untimely death in August of 62. Though the account does contain intimate scenes of Monroe's life, It was few and far in between, forcing the reader to stagger through Schiller's pointless ramblings regarding his own career. In all honesty, there are maybe A dozen or so pages in total reflecting original accounts of satisfying Monro ...more
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The ubiquitous Lawrence Schiller was born in 1936 in Brooklyn, and grew up in San Diego. After graduating from Pepperdine College, he went to work for Life Magazine and the Saturday Evening Post as a photojournalist. His photographic abilities, both technical and artistic, laid the foundation for what has become nothing less than an astonishing career.

Schiller first made his name by photographing
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