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Playmate Features - Monroe & Moran


When Marilyn Monroe posed for Earl Moran in the first of their sessions that took place between 1946 and 1950, she was just 19 and an aspiring actress, while Moran has established himself as a leading illustrator of beautiful women; his work for magazines and calendars placed him in the company of Alberto Vargas and George Petty. Although Monroe had done some modeling, she had yet to pose for Tom Kelley, who took the photo that became our first Centerfold and cemented her standing as America’s reigning sex symbol. As you can see, when Monroe posed for Moran she was less the bombshell than the girl next door, whoose natural vivacity would beguile any man.