Marilyn Monroe: The Unseen Files by Tim Auld
Marilyn Monroe: The Unseen Files
by Tim Auld
In November 2005 Millington Conroy, a businessman living in Rowland Heights, 40 miles east of Los Angeles, contacted Mark Anderson, a successful magazine photographer, to discuss an unusual commission.He had in his possession two metal filing-cabinets, one brown, one grey, containing private papers and a collection of furs, jewellery and other assorted memorabilia, all belonging to Marilyn Monroe.
Would Anderson be interested in photographing the collection?The material – about 10,000 documents – had been thought lost for more than 40 years since the death of Monroe on the night of 4 August 1962.
Now, here it was, a treasure trove, languishing in a Californian suburb.It was the commission of a lifetime, the largest undocumented Monroe archive in existence.
Yes, of course Anderson was interested, and, with the help of the biographer and Monroe aficionado Lois Banner, he set about creating a record of the archiv………………