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See Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, and More Stars of the ’50s and ’60s Photographed by Douglas Kirkland

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Douglas Kirkland, courtesy of the Palos Verdes Art Center

Now 84, the Toronto-born photographer Douglas Kirkland has spent six decades photographing the most famous faces of the era. There’s arguably only one, though, who he has to thank for that: Marilyn Monroe, who asked Kirkland to photograph her wearing only a white silk sheet in bed in 1961, which tragically turned out to have been nine months before her death. After recovering from the shock, Kirkland, on the other hand, was just getting started: The very next year, when he was still in his mid-twenties, his shoot with Monroe paved the way for him to spend three weeks with Coco Chanel. (Though even in that time span, whether in Versailles or at her apartment in the Ritz, he apparently never saw her remove her hat.) From there follows a seemingly endless list of iconsSophia Loren, Grace Jones, Audrey Hepburn, and Brigitte Bardot among them—all of whom can be found in the retrospective exhibition “Douglas Kirkland,” which is now on view at the Palos Verdes Art Center in California, through April 21, 2019. Take a look at the scenes inside, including Bardot playing cards, Hepburn modeling Hermès, and Loren hanging out with Charlie Chaplin on set, here.

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Douglas Kirkland, courtesy of the Palos Verdes Art Center

Douglas Kirkland, Coco Chanel, 1962. Featured in the exhibition “Douglas Kirkland,” on view at the Palos Verdes Art Center in Rancho Palos Verdes, California through April 21, 2019.

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Douglas Kirkland, courtesy of the Palos Verdes Art Center

Douglas Kirkland, Brigitte Bardot, 1967. Featured in the exhibition “Douglas Kirkland,” on view at the Palos Verdes Art Center in Rancho Palos Verdes, California through April 21, 2019.

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Douglas Kirkland, courtesy of the Palos Verdes Art Center

Douglas Kirkland, Grace Jones, 1997. Featured in the exhibition “Douglas Kirkland,” on view at the Palos Verdes Art Center in Rancho Palos Verdes, California through April 21, 2019.

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Douglas Kirkland, courtesy of the Palos Verdes Art Center

Douglas Kirkland, Charlie Chaplin and Sophia Loren on the set of A Countess From Hong Kong, 1966. Featured in the exhibition “Douglas Kirkland,” on view at the Palos Verdes Art Center in Rancho Palos Verdes, California through April 21, 2019.

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Douglas Kirkland, courtesy of the Palos Verdes Art Center

Douglas Kirkland, John Lennon, 1966. Featured in the exhibition “Douglas Kirkland,” on view at the Palos Verdes Art Center in Rancho Palos Verdes, California through April 21, 2019.

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Douglas Kirkland, courtesy of the Palos Verdes Art Center

Douglas Kirkland, Douglas and His Equipment for Look Magazine, 1961. Featured in the exhibition “Douglas Kirkland,” on view at the Palos Verdes Art Center in Rancho Palos Verdes, California through April 21, 2019.

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Douglas Kirkland, courtesy of the Palos Verdes Art Center

Douglas Kirkland, Marilyn Monroe with Douglas Kirkland, 1961. Featured in the exhibition “Douglas Kirkland,” on view at the Palos Verdes Art Center in Rancho Palos Verdes, California through April 21, 2019.

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Douglas Kirkland, courtesy of the Palos Verdes Art Center

Douglas Kirkland, Marilyn Monroe, 1961. Featured in the exhibition “Douglas Kirkland,” on view at the Palos Verdes Art Center in Rancho Palos Verdes, California through April 21, 2019.

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Douglas Kirkland, courtesy of the Palos Verdes Art Center

Douglas Kirkland, Marilyn Monroe, 1961. Featured in the exhibition “Douglas Kirkland,” on view at the Palos Verdes Art Center in Rancho Palos Verdes, California through April 21, 2019.

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Douglas Kirkland, courtesy of the Palos Verdes Art Center

Douglas Kirkland, Audrey Hepburn, 1965. Featured in the exhibition “Douglas Kirkland,” on view at the Palos Verdes Art Center in Rancho Palos Verdes, California through April 21, 2019.