20 Rarely-Seen Photos Of Marilyn Monroe That Reveal The Woman Behind The Myth

Once, Marilyn Monroe was enjoying a day out in New York City with her actress friend Susan Strasberg. A surprised Strasberg observed that they hadn’t been flocked by fans or photographers all day. “Do you want to see me be her?” Monroe asked. And then, in the words of Strasberg, “Something ‘turned on’ inside her, and suddenly — there she was — not the simple girl I’d been strolling with, but ‘Marilyn Monroe.’”

It was clear, then, that even one of the most famous, most photographed and most iconic women in the world couldn’t be “on” all the time. And these 20 rare photos of her definitely show her in more unguarded moments.