George Barris (photographer)

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George Barris (born June 14, 1922) is an American photographer best known for his photographs of Marilyn Monroe.[1] He was born in New York City.

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. All photos of Marilyn Monroe are copyright George Barris and licensed exclusively by his daughter Caroline Barris see Official George Barris Website for more information. George Barris is well known for taking the last photo of Monroe on July 13, 1962.[2]


  1. ^ Trilling, Diana (21 December 1986). "'PLEASE DON'T MAKE ME A JOKE'". The New York Times. p. 1. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "The last photo taken of Marilyn". Daily Mirror. August 8, 1962. p. 1. 

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