By Shawn Rice
Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor seen posing together in an image circulating on social media is a fake. Two long-buried photographs were digitally manipulated to show the two film icons leaning against a tree together. However, that image of Monroe and Taylor leaning against a tree which can be seen below is a digital fake.
Where did this fake image originate? The photograph allegedly showing Monroe and Taylor posing together while leaning against a tree was posted to Twitter by @HistoryInMoment. While the image was impressively combined by two photographs, it is nonetheless a fake.
Here is an example of someone sharing the fake image on social media.
Retweeted History in Moments (@historyinmoment):
— Heldeni Canêda (@heldeni3rios) April 17, 2017
However, this image is a composite of at least two different photographs. Photographer Mark Kauffman took the original photograph of Taylor in 1948, but it was not made public until shortly after the actress’ death in 2011, when it appeared in TIME, along with other previously unpublished photographs of the actress:
Photographer Mark Kauffman captured the young actress and her home life in 1948. The pin she is wearing belonged to Glenn Davis, a 1946 Heisman Trophy-winning athlete she was dating at the time.
The photograph of Monroe also came from a previously unreleased cache of photographs. In 2009, LIFE published several images of the former star, including a photograph taken by Ed Clark in 1950 that showed the actress leaning against a tree in Griffith Park in Los Angeles.
Here is a look at the original photographs and the viral composite image courtesy of Snopes.
Monroe was born as Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926 in Los Angeles, California. During her all-too-brief life, Monroe overcame a difficult childhood to become one of the world’s biggest and most enduring sex symbols. During her career, Monroe’s films grossed more than $200 million. Monroe died of a drug overdose on August 5, 1962, at only 36 years old.
Born in London on February 27, 1932, Taylor made her film debut in One Born Every Minute (1942) and achieved stardom with National Velvet (1944). Although she won Academy Awards for her work in BUtterfield 8 (1960) and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1965), Taylor was just as famous for her many marriages, extensive jewelry collection and stunning violet eyes.
What did you think of the fake image? Did you believe it or see people sharing it falsely on social media? Let us know in the comments section.