Some new images of the late Marilyn Monroe have just been discovered, having been hidden in a drawer for half a century.
The images show Marilyn aged 24, just before her stardom went global, and I think show just how truly beautiful an icon she was. The photographs, taken by LIFE photographer Ed Clark, were shot in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park in 1950. Clark said he was able to photograph her at his leisure since she was relatively unknown at the time, ‘We’d go out to Griffith Park and she’d read poetry. I send several rolls to LIFE in New York, but they wired back, “Who the hell is Marilyn Monroe?”’.
The images were discovered as LIFE magazine underwent the digitalization of each negative from every photo shoot in their archives.