Vintage matte-finish 11 x 14 half-length portrait of Monroe taken in 1950 by Frank Powolny for the release of the film noir The Asphalt Jungle, signed and inscribed in blue ballpoint, “To Hank, May you keep generating, Marilyn.” Photo has been professionally restored, mainly along a horizontal fold to the lower portion of the image. In very good to fine condition, with a small tear to top edge, a tiny crease to facial area, and aforementioned restoration, none of which affect the signature or facial area. After appearing in several small roles in 1950, Monroe was cast as Angela Phinlay, the young mistress of an aging criminal, in the now classic John Huston film. Her performance was well-received by critics, and after a small role in All About Eve, Monroe signed a seven-year contract with 20th Century Fox. A stunning portrait from early in Monroe’s career.
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