PHOTOGRAPHER JOSEPH JASGUR PASSES AWAY

Joseph Jasgur with Marilyn Monroe (then Norma Jeane) in 1946

Joseph Jasgur with Marilyn Monroe (then Norma Jeane) in 1946

 

ORLANDOSENTINAL.COM
Joseph Jasgur, the photographer who shot pictures of Marilyn Monroe when she was just a 19-year-old brunette hoping to break into modeling (also the photographer to claim she had 6 toes on her left foot), has died in an Orlando-area nursing home. He died of natural causes Saturday, two days before his 90th birthday.

He spent the last years of his life trying to win back the legal rights to those photos, as well as hundreds of others that he shot in golden-era Hollywood during the 1940s and ’50s.

Jasgur was just 26 when Monroe, then known as Norma Jean Dougherty, walked into his Los Angeles photo studio in 1946. She had no money but wanted to become a model. Jasgur led her into the alley and snapped several shots. During the next three weeks, Jasgur shot dozens more: Norma Jean in the Hollywood Hills, Norma Jean at the beach.

Jasgur is survived by a daughter, Cindy Ferrier of East Windsor, N.J.

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