DE DIENES Andre
Date of birth : December 18, 1913, Hungary.
Address in 1945 : Garden of Allah Hotel, Sunset Boulevard.
Son of a banker.
He learned photograohy alone.
He lived and worked in Rome, Paris and London.
He arrived in the USA in 1938, with the help of Arnold Gingirch from Esquire magazine, and opened a photo studio in New York City.
David O.Selznick, independant producer, made him come to Hollywood in 1944, to take pictures of Ingrid Bergman.
In 1945, he had a strong reputation as photographer.He was aged 32, had an attractive build and the blue eyes when he met Norma Jeane, in November 1945, through the Blue Book Modeling Agency.
He took the first pictures of Norma Jeane in 1945.
They were pictures of a pretty girl, typical of the era : on road 101,
up north Hollywood, or in a field with a new-born lamb, in denim
trousers and red blouse, or on the Malibu beach with shorts and sweater.
He took the first pictures of Norma Jeane in 1945. They were pictures of a pretty girl, typical of the era : on road 101, up north Hollywood, or in a field with a new-born lamb, in denim trousers and red blouse, or on the Malibu beach with shorts and sweater.
White and red blouse
On the road
Later, they had more longer sessions; she refused to pose naked. She also refused his compliments, his advances and the letters he slid under the door.They worked and traveled together, in the West, the South and the North, from the beaches around Los Angeles, until the Mount Hood, going through Las Vegas, the Mojave Desert, the Yosemite Valley and Oregon, where André DeDienes went with her to visit her mother, Gladys Baker.
Journey California, Nevada, Oregon
Beach red sweater
San Juan Capistrano
with a blanket
In 1949 she posed another time for him in New York City, for the roadshow of "Love Happy". The sessions took place at Tobey Beach.
Tobey Beach, Long Island, New York
With an sunshade
on the beach
In 1952, he took some pictures
with an ice-cream
during the night,,,,,–,,
At the Beverly Carlton Hotel where Marilyn lived
At the Bel Air Hotel
February 1953, shopping in a bookshop
According to him, he met Marilyn for the last time on June 1, 1961 (the day of Marilyn 35th birthday) at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
"Marilyn mon amour, l'album intime de son premier photographe". New York : St Martin Press, 1985; Filipacchi, 1985.