George Barris (photographer)

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George Barris (June 14, 1922 – September 30, 2016) was an American photographer and photojournalist[1] best known for his photographs of Marilyn Monroe.[2] He was born in New York City to Romanian parents.[3]

Barris had a lifelong interest in photography, and as a young man he worked for the U.S. Army's Office of Public Relations. Many of his photographs of General Dwight D. Eisenhower were published. After the war, he became a freelance photographer and found work in Hollywood. He photographed many stars of the 1950s and 1960s, including Elizabeth Taylor on the set of Cleopatra, Marlon Brando, Charlie Chaplin, Frank Sinatra, Clark Gable and Steve McQueen.

Barris is perhaps best known for his work with Marilyn Monroe, whom he photographed in 1954 on the set of The Seven Year Itch, and in 1962 at Santa Monica beach, and in the Hollywood Hills in a series that became known as "The Last Photos." Barris was collaborating on a book titled Marilyn: Her Life In Her Own Words at the time of her death. Barris is well known for taking the last photo of Monroe on July 13, 1962.[4] IHL|InHollywoodland is the only licensing agent for George Barris and his daughter Caroline the only representative of

Barris died on September 30, 2016, at the age of 94.[5]


  1. ^ People Magazine Obituary, OCTOBER 5, 2016
  2. ^ Trilling, Diana (21 December 1986). "'PLEASE DON'T MAKE ME A JOKE'". The New York Times. p. 1. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "George Barris took the last photos of Marilyn Monroe". The Sydney Morning Herald. 3 October 2016. Retrieved 20 November 2016. 
  4. ^ "The last photo taken of Marilyn". Daily Mirror. August 8, 1962. p. 1. 
  5. ^ George Barris, Who Took the Last Photos of Marilyn Monroe, Dies at 94

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