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Portrait of a Misfit: Rare pictures of Marilyn Monroe show more relaxed side to glamorous star

• Maysa Rawi via Mail Online

Dressed-down in a simple white shirt and with her hair plaited in pig tails, Marilyn Monroe looks a far cry from the iconic star synonymous with old Hollywood glamour.

In the newly released image, the actress sports a sombre expression but appears relaxed as she is snapped on set of 1961 movie The Misfits - her last ever completed film.

Other shots also show a fresh-faced Marilyn caught off-guard wrapped in a towel, reading the script between takes and standing at her trailer door sipping coffee as she chats to co-star Montgomery Clift.

The images form part of a series of eight intimate portraits entitled Marilyn, taken by America photo-journalist Eve Arnold, that went on display in galleries nationwide on Saturday.

Only 495 prints of the pictures will go on sale, with prices starting at £350.

Arnold, still going strong at 98, said: 'She was going places but she hadn't arrived.

Some like it hot: A sexier Marilyn, pictured in 1955 in New York, in a leopard print dress

Some like it hot: A sexier Marilyn as she is better known, pictured in 1955 in New York, in a leopard print dress

Marilyn Monroe

At ease: A relaxed and happy Marilyn, dressed down in denim, reads the script on set of her last completed film

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