Marilyn “Squeals With Delight”

marilyn-monroe-by-cecil-b-0011“She romps, she squeals with delight, she leaps on the sofa. She puts a flower stem in her mouth, puffing on a daisy as though it were a cigarette. It is an artless, impromptu, high-spirited, infectiously gay performance. It will probably end in tears.” That’s Cecil Beaton (who knew a thing or two about gay performance), commenting on his 1955 photo shoot with Marilyn Monroe.

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