I love this set of vintage photos featuring the lovely Marilyn Monroe doing some fly fishing, circa 1946. These three images were shot on color safety by Andre de Dienes (1913-85), and capture Marilyn before she had fully transformed into the blonde bombshell that captivated America in the ’50s and ’60s. In fact, she had barely transitioned away from her given name of Norma Jeane Mortenson at the time of this photo session.
The Marilyn we see here is not a star, but just a really pretty young woman full of life. That’s how I like to remember her.
(Click for the full-size version of each picture.)