“That is a picture that says everything and shows nothing,” says Schiller. “That’s real Marilyn Monroe teasing you, yet there is still a little mystery left. She knows exactly what she’s doing in that frame!”
He credits his youth and chutzpah for getting intimate access to the star every man wanted — and who every woman wanted to be.
“I don’t think I’m the only one she communicated to. I think she tried to communicate to many people,” he says. “I was so unguarded that she became unguarded with me. ”
Schiller, who has 11 books, seven Emmys and an Oscar for documentary making under his belt, says he’ll always remember Monroe fondly.
“If Marilyn was alive now … I would say, very simply, thank you,” says Schiller. “She was the first one that made my name known in the industry. She knew what she was doing.”
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“Marilyn & Me” runs until June 30 at the Steven Kasher Gallery, 521 W. 23rd St., at 10th Ave. The gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (212) 966-3978 or stevenkasher.com.