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Lawrence Schiller

Marilyn: out of the pool, May 1962 by Lawrence Schiller

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  • Artwork Info
  • About the Artist
  • 1962
    Gelatin silver print
    Studio stamp, au verso, and vintage print number in pencil "From the Larry Schiller Collection"
    Printed 1972
    Unframed

  • Lawrence Julian Schiller (born December 28, 1936) is an American photojournalist, film producer, director and screenwriter.

    Though a childhood accident left Lawrence Schiller with impaired vision in one eye, he became an obsessive photographer; even while attending College, his pictures had already appeared in Life, Sport, Playboy, Glamour, and the Saturday Evening Post. Schiller’s interests and ambitions soon developed into a profession in print journalism, documenting major stories for glossy magazines all over the world, including Life, Look, Newsweek, Time, Paris Match, Stern, and the London Sunday Times. His iconic images of Robert F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Bette Davis, Barbra Streisand, Marilyn Monroe, and Muhammad Ali among others are tributes to his doggedness, ingenuity, and charm as well as to his technical proficiency.

    Schiller moved into motion pictures by directing a portion of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) and Lady Sings the Blues (1972). He directed the Oscar-winning documentary The Man Who Skied Down Everest (1972); The American Dreamer (1971), and, after obtaining extraordinary cooperation from the Kremlin, executive produced and co-directed Peter the Great (1986), the Emmy Award–winning television mini-series starring Maximilian Schell, Vanessa Redgrave, and Laurence Olivier.

    For nearly thirty-five years Schiller and Norman Mailer worked together on books including Marilyn (1973), The Faith of Graffiti (1974), Oswald’s Tale (1995), Into the Mirror (2002), and The Executioner’s Song (1979), for which the book won the Pulitzer Prize. Schiller went on to produce and direct the award-winning TV miniseries based upon it, starring Tommy Lee Jones.

    In 1995, Schiller embedded himself into the so-called “Dream Team” defending O. J. Simpson, and with his unique insider’s perspective on the case, co-wrote (with James Willwerth) The New York Times No. 1 best-selling American Tragedy (1996).

    He has been a consultant to NBC News, the Annie Liebovitz Studios, TASCHEN books, and has written for The New Yorker, The Daily Beast, and other publications.