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How Capt. Ronald Reagan started Marilyn Monroe’s career

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CaptRonaldReaganUTexasIt was June 1945.

In the Army’s First Motion Picture Unit in Culver City, Calif., Capt. Ronald Reagan gives Pvt. David Conover an order: Photograph women working in the war industry, historian Michael Beschloss writes on the New York Times The Upshot blog.

Conover caught on film a pretty teen, Norma Jeane Dougherty, who was helping to build drones in a Burbank factory. This is one of the photos that would help turn her into a star:

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