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'It's Still About Nudity': VF's Marilyn Monroe Nude Outtakes, GQ's Interview with 'The Man Who Hacked Hollywood'

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood May 1, 2012 at 3:14PM

Marilyn Monroe is the gift that keeps on giving. Vanity Fair's June issue features outtakes from her last photo-shoot. Photographer Lawrence Schiller (aka Larry Wolf) was to take nude photos of the star (in the pool with a suit, out of it naked) and guarantee that they would appear on magazine covers that made no mention of Elizabeth Taylor...
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Marilyn Monroe is the gift that keeps on giving.

Vanity Fair's June issue features outtakes from her last photo-shoot. Photographer Lawrence Schiller (aka Larry Wolf) was to take nude photos of the star (in the pool with a suit, out of it naked) and guarantee that they would appear on magazine covers that made no mention or reference to Elizabeth Taylor, of whose fame (and Oscar) Monroe was envious.

Schiller's new memoir, "Marilyn & Me," reveals never-before published photographs and recounts his conversations with Monroe about her insecurities as a sex symbol and failure to win awards. During her last conversation with Schiller, she asked: "It's still about nudity. Is that all I'm good for?" The following day she would be found dead and Schiller would find a returned nude photo of her; Monroe had written, "Send this to Playboy, they might like it."

Monroe's struggle wouldn't have been any easier today. The 'celebrity' category is vast and the fame business knows no boundaries. "Would Marilyn tweet?" asked Kenneth Branagh, who played Laurence Olivier in "My Week with Marilyn," in our toh! interview.

GQ's David Kushner talks to Chris Chaney, or The Man Who Hacked Hollywood (i.e. nude photos of Scarlett Johansson). It's not a pretty story. Chaney hacked into celebrity emails accounts (he found the names of their dogs on Facebook, then got into their emails and contacts), and fell down the rabbit hole of sex tapes, secrets and scandals. Chaney shares his hesitance each step of the way, but confides it was too much to resist once he had access to the private email accounts of celebrities high and low; "It's the whole 'Star Trek' thing," he says. "'Going where no man has gone before.'" He's gone to prison now.
 

This article is related to: Media, Scarlett Johansson, Hollywood, Headliners


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.