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Marilyn Monroe in Griffith Park, circa 1950

June 2, 2009 |  8:12 am

It was 1950, and Life photographer Ed Henry went to Griffith Park to shoot a little-known actress named Marilyn Monroe.  

The photos show a 24-year-old Monroe walking among the trees and a creek in the park, modeling various outfits, sometimes reading a movie script.

Life says the photos somehow were stored away  -- until now.

"The negatives for these photos were recently discovered during our ongoing effort to digitize Life's immense and storied photo archive, including outtakes and entire shoots that never saw the light of day," according to the magazine.

 A few months before the shoot, she had finished her first big supporting role in "Asphalt Jungle." Check out the Marilyn Monroe photos here.

-- Shelby Grad