Marilyn Monroe star of National Portrait Gallery show

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Marilyn Monroe is the star of an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery that includes work from British photographers.

The National Portrait Gallery

Fans staying in central London hotels have until March 24th to visit Marilyn Monroe: A British Love Affair, which features images from 1947 to 1962 and include a number of key snaps.

One of the highlights of the display is a portrait of the movie start taken by Antony Beauchamp in 1952 featuring Monroe in a yellow bikini.

The exhibition is being held to mark 50 years since her death and also features a number of rare magazine covers and photographs showing Monroe during her visit to the UK.

Larry Burrows, a photographer for Life magazine, followed Marilyn on her visit to Britain in the 1950s and images include a press conference at London’s Savoy Hotel for a The Prince and The Showgirl.

The exhibition also includes one of the star’s most favourite photographs of herself. Taken by Cecil Beaton in 1956, Monroe is pictured holding a rose in a suite at the Ambassador Hotel in New York.

VintateSeekers.com’s review of the show said: “The exhibit captures the quintessential American sex symbol in a variety of settings.”

Reviewer Helen Crane at WeekendNotes.com explained it is a “small but perfectly formed exhibition” and that it showed how stunning the US actress was.

Entry to the exhibition is free and the National Protrait Gallery is a short walk from a number of London Underground stations including Charing Cross, Leicester Square and Embankment. The gallery is open every day from 10am to 6pm, with late night opening on Thursdays and Fridays until 9pm.