At Wednesday’s re-opening of the David L. Wolper Center for the Study of the Documentary at the USC School of Cinema, fans of the documentarian and Marilyn Monroe delighted in the unveiling of never-before exhibited photos of the movie star.
A reception followed the Monroe exhibit with both David Wolper and Terry Sanders (who directed Wolper’s “The Legend of Marilyn Monroe”) speaking to the attendees about the making of the docu and the discovery of the previously lost photographs.
Wolper recounted how he rediscovered the photos in storage on the Warner Bros. lot more than 30 years after borrowing them from Monroe’s legal guardians for usage in the docu that he lensed in 1963.
Exhibit includes a baby photo of Monroe, which Wolper referred to as “Marilyn’s first nude,” her adoption papers and before and after shots of her plastic surgery. The photographs will be on display at the Wolper Center through Nov. 28.
Wolper donated his archives to USC in 1998, and in October 1999 the Wolper Center opened its doors. It closed for a year due to earthquake retrofitting and re-opened Wednesday with a flourish.
Wolper told Daily Variety, “I’m proud that documentarians will have the opportunity to see all the papers and script drafts and to see how documentaries were produced in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s including ‘Hollywood and Stars,’ ‘The Making of the President’ docus from ’60, ’64 and ’68 and the Cousteau shows.”
Among those attending were Richard Crenna, David Kirschner, Irvin Kirschner, Leonard Nimoy and Robert Zemeckis.