Category: 1961

Doris Day photographed by Bob Willoughby a…

Doris Day photographed by Bob Willoughby

at her Beverly Hills home in 1961.

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Debbie Reynolds with her children Todd Fisher and Carrie Fisher in 1961.

Photos by David Sutton

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Elizabeth Taylor with her Oscar and her husband Eddie Fisher at the 33rd Academy Awards on April 17, 1961.

Elizabeth Taylor wearing a throat bandage fol…

Elizabeth Taylor wearing a throat bandage following a tracheotomy, with her   husband Eddie Fisher, during his opening night at the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Hollywood on July 25, 1961.

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Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee photographed by Carl Van Vechten on November 15, 1961.

Elizabeth Taylor with her Oscar and her husban…

Elizabeth Taylor with her Oscar and her husband Eddie Fisher at the 33rd Academy Awards on April 17, 1961.

Elizabeth Taylor wearing ‘Soiree a Rio…

Elizabeth Taylor wearing ‘Soiree a Rio’ dress (Spring-Summer Haute Couture Collection and wearing a pair of diamond and cultured pearl ear pendants, by Ruser) in 1961. 

 Photos by Mark Shaw

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Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and

Antonio Núñez Jiménez

playing golf

at Colina Villareal

in Havana, March 1961. 

Photos by Alberto Korda 

Marilyn Monroe photographed by Douglas Kirklan…

Marilyn Monroe photographed by Douglas Kirkland for Look magazine on November 17, 1961.

Douglas Kirkland: The first time I met Marilyn to talk about the shoot, my colleagues and I went to her home on Doheny Drive – right on the edge where Beverly Hills and Hollywood connect. She was very disarming because she didn’t seem like a big superstar; she seemed more like the girl next door. I wanted to get some hot pictures of her, but in my shy Canadian way, I didn’t know how to say that. In the end Marilyn was the one to take charge. She said, ‘I know what we need. We need a bed, and we need white silk sheets – they must be silk. Frank Sinatra records, and Dom Pérignon champagne.’ She totally pre-empted what I wanted to go for on the shoot, and I was so relieved. We scheduled it to be done about three days later, at 7.30pm on a Friday evening.”

“The day came and I arrived promptly at the studio, which we’d we rented in Hollywood. I waited and waited, and 9.30pm came and she had not yet appeared. I said to myself, ‘If Marilyn doesn’t show up, it’s going to be a disaster. I’m still new at the publication, I’ve been sent to California, and if I don’t take back pictures it will be very difficult to explain.’ Just at that moment, at the other side of the studio, I heard the door open and in came Marilyn, with a lady carrying some clothes – ultimately she didn’t use them very much. She came in a completely different person to the girl I’d met last time – I saw the real Marilyn, the Marilyn we all think of. She seemed to move in slow motion to me; she had a luminescence about her and she didn’t step, she almost floated. That’s my memory of it, that’s the impression she left me with.”

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Marilyn Monroe photographed by Douglas Kirklan…

Marilyn Monroe photographed by Douglas Kirkland for Look magazine on November 17, 1961.

Douglas Kirkland: “She had a robe on, and she took that robe off and got in under the white silk sheets. I just want to tell you, I was 27, but I was mentally 17. As I say, I’d had a very small town background and here, the superstar of all superstars was five feet away from me; I could reach out and touch her, and as she slipped into the bed I saw parts of her body that I couldn’t believe I’d ever see.

Marilyn was so sexual, very sensual. At one point she suggested that we should do something more than just talk, in other words, embrace each other. This is where my small town boy came in, I acted like I didn’t understand, I was embarrassed. I looked down into my camera and just kept shooting pictures, over and over, as quickly as I could. I think that’s why the pictures are so strong, because that sexual desire was channeled into the camera instead of into action.”