André de Dienes was a fashion photographer who instantly fell in love with the innocent brunette, and two were briefly engaged. During their early years, they took many trips together, one of them was to Malibu in 1946 where he did a ‘no makeup’ Photoshoot of gorgeous Norma Jeane, who then was 20 years old.
André de Dienes in his words said, “She was twenty and had never experienced the intoxication of success, yet already there was a shadow over her radiance, in her laughter. I asked her to react instinctively, without giving herself time to think, to the words happiness, surprise, reflection, doubt, peace of mind, sadness, self-torment… and death. When I said ‘death’ she took hold of the folded dark-cloth and covered her head with it. Death to her was blackness, nothingness. I tried to coax another reaction from her. Death might be a beginning, the hope of everlasting light. She shook her head: ‘That’s what death is for me.’ She turned towards me, her face set and despairing, eyes dulled, her mouth suddenly bereft of colour. To her, death was the end of everything.”
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