Playboy special for Marilyn Monroe anniversary

Marilyn Monroe in a scene from the movie The Seven Year Itch. Playboy will compile a gallery of pictures of the actress to mark 50 years since her death.Photo / Supplied
Marilyn Monroe in a scene from the movie The Seven Year Itch. Playboy will compile a gallery of pictures of the actress to mark 50 years since her death.Photo / Supplied

Editors at Playboy magazine are marking 50 years since Marilyn Monroe's death by publishing a series of long-lost photographs of the Hollywood icon.

The actress, who died aged 36 in 1962, was the publication's first-ever cover star in 1952.

Playboy staff spent six months trawling through an archive of more than 10 million photos to select the images of Monroe which feature in the tribute gallery, according to the New York Daily News.

The pictures in the December issue chart the actress's career and include one of her most famous photos, when she posed naked on a red velvet cloth for snapper Tom Kelly.

"She was most in control when she was in the nude," Playboy founder Hugh Hefner said.

"What would be a position of vulnerability for others was a position of power for her."

- WENN

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