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New photos of Marilyn Monroe's life in New York

January 29, 2004
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Over 100 previously unseen photographs of movie legend Marilyn Monroe have been published in a new book. The pictures, which were taken by her friend Sam Shaw, were found by the photographer's son after his death in 1999.

In all there are some 160 photos, of which only 40 have previously been published. Sam Shaw was the man behind many of the best-loved images of Marilyn, including the famous still from the set of The Seven Year Itch which showed her standing over a subway vent. Marilyn Monroe: The New York Years also includes photos of her with husbands Joe DiMaggio and Arthur Miller.

Shaw worked with the silver screen siren during one of the happiest periods of her life, from 1954 to 1957. Indeed it was Sam who first introduced her to Miller, who would later become her third husband. "He always makes me look my best," she once said of the snapper.

Larry Shaw happened upon the images while going through his father's archive of old work. The new book, which is published by Lardon Media, hits the shelves on January 30.

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In one of the previously unpublished images Sam Shaw captured a tender moment between the actress and her then-husband, playwright Arthur MillerPhoto: © AFPy
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Another picture shows Marilyn rowing a boat in the Big Apple's famous Central Park. Sam Shaw worked with Marilyn between the years of 1954 and 1957Photo: © AFP

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