Marilyn Monroe in a costume test for River of No Return (1954)
During 1946 and 1948 Scottish photographer Bill Burnside had the privilege of working with Norma Jeane a few times.
One series of photos that Burnside took of Marilyn in 1948 has her frolicking on the beach in Santa Monica, California, wearing red shorts and a blue T-shirt.
However, this photo above was not taken by Burnside but by photographer Eve Planch in the late 1940’s and was given to Bill by Marilyn. On it, she wrote:
“To Bill, Anything worth having is worth waiting for! Love Marilyn.”
“ If you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”
I knew I belonged to the public and to the world, not because I was talented or even beautiful, but because I had never belonged to anything or anyone else. -Μarilyn Monroe