Extraordinary photographs purporting to show a secret pregnancy of film icon Marilyn Monroe can today be revealed for the first time.
The world exclusive images of the beautiful Some Like It Hot actress and model were sold as original color slides at an auction in Hollywood in November last year from the estate of well known Monroe confidante Frieda Hull.
In total, ‘The Frieda Hull Marilyn Monroe Photo Archive’ included over 550 color and black and white candid snapshots and photographs, over 150 color slides, nearly 750 movie stills, publicity photos and lobby cards, and personal home movies.
Even the camera Frieda had used to take the ‘pregnant slides’ as well as dozens of other photos of Marilyn – a Mercury II, model CX 35mm – went up for sale selling for a bid of $3,437.50.
The six unique images were the prized possession of Monroe’s loyal friend Hull, which she dubbed the ‘pregnant slides’ – a reference to a shocking secret the screen siren kept right up until her death.
照片是1960年7月在纽约拍摄的。图片中梦露小腹明显隆起，弗里尔称这正是怀孕初期的证据。然而孩子的父亲并不是梦露当时的丈夫、剧作家阿图尔•米勒(Arthur Miller)。据悉，1960年2月份 34岁的梦露和已婚的法国男演员伊夫•蒙唐(Yves Montand)开始拍摄喜剧电影《让我们相爱吧》，随后不久两人开始了婚外恋。两年后梦露去世，时年36岁。
The shots were taken on July 8, 1960, outside Fox Studios in New York after Monroe had completed costume and hair tests for her film The Misfits, starring Clark Gable and Montgomery Clift .
The images clearly show a prominent bump from Monroe’s belly which Hull claimed was evidence the star was in the early stages of pregnancy. It can reveal the would-be father was not Monroe’s then husband, playwright Arthur Miller, it was in fact Italian-French actor Yves Montand – who she met on the set of film Let’s Make Love and who she had a very public affair with.
Tony Michaels, the man who bought the color slides at the ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ Marilyn Memorabilia Auction held by Julien’s Auctions in LA.
Tony, 56, was a close friend and next door neighbor of Frieda Hull before she passed.
He reveals that Hull had confided in him about Monroe’s secret pregnancy and claims the ‘pregnant slides’ are genuine evidence that she was with child.
And in an extraordinary and tragic Hollywood tale Tony says Monroe kept her pregnancy a secret from the world before ‘losing’ the baby during a hospital visit.
‘Frieda was very proud of those slides and she was very proud to keep them a secret until the day she died.
‘But she told me the story behind them, that Marilyn got pregnant by Yves Montand.
‘It wasn’t a guess or a presumption, it was something she knew for sure, she was very close to Marilyn.
‘As far as she was concerned Marilyn was pregnant in the summer of 1960 and the slides prove it.’
Monroe had wanted a baby more than anything in the world, but that joy was denied her.
She had three miscarriages prior to losing this baby, all of which played out in the public eye. The star suffered with a condition called endometriosis her entire life that caused severe menstrual pain and she also struggled to conceive.