The naked truth about Marilyn Monroe's famed appearance on the first Playboy cover: The iconic blonde bombshell born Norma Jeane Mortenson never actually posed for the magazine at all. In fact, when the late Hugh Hefner used "the famous Marilyn Monroe nude" the exact words emblazoned upon the publication's splashy inaugural cover to launch the men's lifestyle and entertainment glossy — and his storied Playboy brand as a whole — in , Monroe hadn't consented to the then-four-year-old images' use, nor had Hefner directly paid her a dime. That was, of course, because neither was legally required. Barris also noted that the shoot lasted two hours and Monroe had made Kelley promise she'd look unrecognizable in the photos. Meanwhile, just one year after she posed for the photos out of desperation, Monroe had begun to find great success as an actor, appearing as both Miss Casswell in All About Eve and The Asphalt Jungle 's Angela Phinlay in just alone. Hugh Hefner holding the first issue of Playboy, featuring Marilyn Monroe on the cover.
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Subscriber Account active since. The magazine became an instant success, selling 50, copies almost immediately, according to the Daily News. In , she posed nude for photographer Tom Kelley in exchange for fifty dollars. In , Monroe appeared in two films, "Asphalt Jungle," and "All About Eve," and the starlet finally began to gain recognition. Hefner made Monroe his first ever centerfold, or "Sweetheart of the Month," as it was called at the time. After the publication, Monroe made the decision to do an interview in which she explained that she had been desperate for money when she posed for the nude photos.
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