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How Capt. Ronald Reagan started Marilyn Monroe’s career


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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