All the stars wanted to be photographed by Beaton and he wanted to photograph the stars. For Monroe, Beaton had been trying to arrange the shoot for three months but she still turned up an hour and 15 minutes late at a suite in New York's Ambassador hotel.
He wrote: "She romps, she squeals with delight, she leaps on the sofa. She puts a flower stem in her mouth, puffing on a daisy as though it were a cigarette. It is an artless, impromptu, high-spirited, infectiously gay performance. It will probably end in tears."