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June 2, 2009

MISSING MARILYN MONROE: LIFE Reveals Exclusive Never Before Published Photos of MM Before She Was Famous

Posted by Don Rose

June 1, 2009 would have been the 83rd birthday of Marilyn Monroe. To celebrate, Life.com released newly discovered photos of the iconic actress . The year was 1950 and she was just 24, spending a day at L.A.’s Griffith Park. The negatives for these photos were recently discovered during the ongoing effort to digitize LIFE's immense and storied photo archive, including outtakes and entire shoots that never saw the light of day.

The photos feature Marilyn early in her career as she'd just begun to grab attention. Three months before the shoot she appeared as a crooked lawyer's girlfriend in "The Asphalt Jungle," and two months after she had a small role as an aspiring starlet in "All About Eve."

"She was unknown then, so I was able to spend a lot of time shooting her," said Life photographer Ed Clark. "I sent several rolls to Life in New York, but they wired back, 'Who the hell is Marilyn Monroe?'"

See and read about the stunning photos at: http://www.life.com/image/88047985/in-gallery/27412.

August 1950: A 24-year-old Marilyn, wearing a simple button-down shirt monogrammed with her initials, leans against a tree in Los Angeles' Griffith Park for LIFE photographer Ed Clark. (Photo: Ed Clark/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)