© 2012 Peter Mangone

A new book and exhibit showcases the actress through a different lens — that of a 14-year-old fanboy in 1955.

If you think you’ve seen every Marilyn Monroe photo available, think again. New York’s Danziger Gallery is holding a special exhibit of never-before-seen stills of the bombshell: Marilyn Monroe (New York, 1955), which comes with an accompanying book. The back story here is as engaging as the images — they were taken by 14-year-old Peter Mangone, who, on a cloudy March day in 1955, played hooky to stalk the actress outside her hotel, with his cardboard Revere movie camera. She invited him along for her afternoon stroll and the resulting five-and-a-half-minute film, which was lost until 2002, depicts Marilyn charmingly au naturale. She’s at ease, unguarded, completely herself and still absolutely hypnotic.

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