Between the production of Love Happy in 1949 & its release in the spring of 1950, Marilyn hit her lowest point financially. With no film work on the horizon & few modeling prospects Marilyn could not make ends meet. Desperate for cash she agreed to pose completely nude for photographer Tom Kelley on the condition that his wife Natalie be present during the session. Marilyn was only paid $50.00 for the photo session.
On May 27, 1949 Marilyn posed for the calendar photograph that would one day make her a household name. She signed the release form 'Mona Monroe' in a halfhearted effort to mask her identity. Kelley produced 24 transparencies of two basic poses, one a full-length profile of Marilyn lying on red velvet, the other a seated Marilyn with her head tossed back & legs tucked beneath her.
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