Screen goddesses from the mid s right up until the late s, including legends like Marilyn Monroe, Ava Gardner and Greta Garbo are pictured in a brilliant collection of black and white photographs unwinding on the beaches of LA. During Hollywood's fabled golden age, the beaches of Los Angeles. Norma on the beach as a toddler with her mother Gladys Baker. Marilyn Monroe had a difficult childhood. Born Norma Jean Mortensen on June 1, to a mentally unstable mother and absent father, she spent her childhood in a series of foster homes and an orphanage.
The last photos are of the starlet sipping cocktails, at the wheel of a car and frolicking on a beach in her bathing suit. They were taken by her friend American photographer the late George Barris in July , just three weeks before her untimely death on August 5 aged just Marilyn Monroe sings Happy. Find the perfect Marilyn Monroe Beach stock photos and editorial news pictures from Getty Images. Download premium images you can't get anywhere else.