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10 Rarely Seen Before Photographs Of Marilyn Monroe Relaxing At Home


When Marilyn Monroe wasn’t busy with photoshoots and filming movies, it is said she preferred to spend her free time living simply in hotels or at home.

At the start of her career, the iconic actress lived in many different New York apartments, later moving to a beautiful villa in Los Angeles. Both on screen and in real life, Marilyn Monroe was the definition of glamour. Although behind the scenes, of course, her style choices were more comfortable, and her wardrobe reserved for privacy differed greatly from what was seen in public. The actress adored bathrobes, slim pants, and soft-knit tops. However even in extremely pared back scenarios, Monroe managed to maintain the look of a true star.

When she didn’t have enough time or the desire for a perm, she hid her locks under a scarf or oversized handkerchief. Her style legacy lives on in more ways than one, considering that classic styling trick of the ’50s is still relevant today.

Below, Vogue revisits a series of ten archived still images of Marilyn Monroe, meanwhile rediscovering the perennial combination of white trousers and a black cashmere turtleneck, amongst others. Use it as a point of reference for forever-chic at home style.

Marilyn Monroe begins the process of applying her make-up herself, at home.
© John Kobal Foundation


Marilyn Monroe reading sheet music while sitting on a bedroom floor with a tape player on the side, circa 1950.
© Archive Photos


Marilyn Monroe relaxes on a sofa bed, circa 1951, reading The Poetry and Prose of Heinrich Heine.
© Archive Photos


Marilyn Monroe poses for a portrait in her 20th Century-Fox dressing room on November 8, 1952, in Los Angeles.
© Earl Theisen Collection


Marilyn Monroe relaxing at home.
© Alfred Eisenstaedt


Marilyn Monroe stands barefoot near a window in a simple sweater and checkered trousers.
© Hulton Archive


Marilyn Monroe reads the book To the Actor: On the Technique of Acting by Michael Chekhov in a quiet moment at the Ambassador Hotel in March 1955 in New York.
© Michael Ochs Archives


Marilyn Monroe reads the newspaper Motion Picture Daily as she relaxes on a couch in her hotel room at the Ambassador Hotel in New York.
© Michael Ochs Archives


Marilyn Monroe wears an embroidered robe that reads “The Ambassador” at the Ambassador Hotel in New York.
© Michael Ochs Archives


Marilyn Monroe sits on a couch while adjusting her hair in front of a bookshelf wearing a black evening dress and heels.
© Hulton Archive


From British Vogue

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