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ABC News’ Daisha Riley reports:

A previously unknown personal scrapbook belonging to late actress Marilyn Monroe showing the screen siren in candid shots has been made public.

The photos, revealed after more than 40 years, are showcased in “The Lost Scrapbook,” a special issue of Newsweek that hits newsstands on Thursday.

“She was huge, she was beautiful and she embodies so much of Hollywood,” said Newsweek Senior Editor Abigail Jones.

In one of the images, Monroe wears just a towel. In another, she’s wearing a dress.

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Monroe selected the images herself and gave them in booklet form as a birthday gift to photographer Sam Shaw. Her own witty, handwritten captions were scrawled in crayon.

“These are the photos that she chose…. these are the feelings that she had,” said Jones. “The discovery of the scrapbook is also significant because it’s the first time we’re understanding her relationship with Sam Shaw.”

Journalist Lawrence Schiller, who photographed Monroe during “Something’s Got to Give,” the last movie she filmed before her death in 1962, told Newsweek that Shaw gave him the lost scrapbook in 1972.

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Schiller also told the magazine that Shaw confided to him that he and Monroe had an affair.

Shaw, who died in 1999, was the man who snapped the famous photo of Monroe standing over a subway grate, skirt billowing, during the filming of “The Seven-Year Itch.”

Monroe was found dead in her home on Aug. 5, 1962, at age 36. Officials said she died of an overdose of prescription sedatives and the death was ruled a probable suicide.

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Newsweek Special Issue: Marilyn Monroe’s Lost Scrapbook


Marilyn Monroe's Lost Scrapbook NewsweekNewsweek’s Special Issue: Marilyn Monroe’s Lost Scrapbook Newsweek

What started as an entire issue of Marilyn Monroe’s favorite photographers sharing their their favorite pictures and anecdotes about the iconic actress, turned into a never-before-seen look inside Marilyn’s mind. Through conversations with legendary photographer Lawrence Schiller, we discovered he had a “Lost Scrapbook” in his personal archives that has been locked away for nearly 60 years.

Written in her own hand (in crayon), and filled with her personal photos, The Scrapbook is a love note to a man she had an affair with (Sam Shaw) perhaps while married to Joe Dimaggio and Arthur Miller. It consists of photos of Marilyn that Sam Shaw took glued into a notebook, with hand-written notes on each page in crayon. There are very few never-before-seen Marilyn Monroe moments left in the world and that is what makes this Newsweek Special Issue so special.

“Marilyn Monroe’s Lost Scrapbook” is on sale Thursday, January 9th in Walmart and Barnes & Noble and on newsstands nationwide Tuesday January 14th.

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