Happy Birthday to legenday photographer Sam Shaw (1912-1999), born on this day in 1912. Marilyn & Sam met through their mutual friend Elia Kazan and became lifelong friends. Shaw took some of the most iconic photographs of Marilyn Monroe as well as stars like Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor, Natalie Wood & Debbie Harry.

Many books on the photography career of Shaw can be found online, including these titles specifying on Marilyn:
“The Joy Of Marilyn In The Camera Eye” – Sam Shaw
“Marilyn Among Friends” – Sam Shaw and Norman Rosten
“Marilyn: The New York Years” – Sam Shaw

Among others..
Of course in this digital age, a simple Google search can open any aspiring Marilyn fans eyes to a whole world of stunning photographs that Shaw took during Marilyn’s lifetime.