In 1961, Marilyn Monroe told 27 year-old photographer Douglas Kirkland to come into bed with her. The evening he spent with Monroe years ago was sensual, intimate, and spontaneous. It produced the famous series, “An Evening With Marilyn Monroe.”
American actress, model and singer Marilyn Monroe poses naked in bed for photographer Douglas Kirkland on the evening of November 17th 1961 in Los Angeles. Douglas Kirkland, then aged 24, photographed the icon and sex symbol for his first major assignment for Look magazine, one of the most celebrated photo-shoots ever with the iconic sex symbol.
Douglas Kirkland was born in Toronto, Canada. He joined Look Magazine in his early twenties, and later Life Magazine during the golden age of 60’s/70’s photojournalism. Among his assignments were essays on Greece, Lebanon and Japan as well as fashion and celebrity work, photographing Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor and Marlene Dietrich among others.