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From Monroe to Bardot: The Muses of Playboy Photographer Douglas Kirkland

By Liz Suman

Last month, we spoke with photographer and former Playboy contributor Douglas Kirkland in the days leading up to his 50-year retrospective in Los Angeles, which featured iconic images of everyone from a sun-kissed Brigitte Bardot playing cards on a Mexico floor in 1965, to a toothy Jack Nicholson gripping his Oscar statuette in ‘75. The following collection includes a combination of photographs from Kirkland’s recent show at Mouche Gallery, multiple shots from the then-27-year-old-photographer’s famous night with Marilyn Monroe, who was featured on the 25th Anniversary of Look magazine in 1961 (pictured left), images from Kirkland’s new book, Freeze Frame, and exclusive images of actress Margot Kidder, who Kirkland shot in 1975, from the Playboy Archive.

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