Artist: Michael J. Deas
Art director: Carl T. Herrman
First day of issue: June 1, 1995
Oil on paper
For this controversial first stamp in the Legends of Hollywood series, eight artists were commissioned to produce color concept sketches. To create the final oil painting, Michael J. Deas used a studio photo from the early 1950s, although he made some modifications: Monroe’s hand and shoulder are composites based on other photographs.