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LAWRENCE SCHILLER, legendary US director and photographer documented the
filming of the never completed film Something’s Got to Give in 1962. In doing so,
Schiller also took the last photo of Marilyn Monroe “on set” before her sudden death.
Lawrence Schiller formed a very special and sensitive relationship with Marilyn
Monroe. This allowed Schiller to capture Marilyn in most private poses. Schiller
established himself as Marilyn’s favorite photographer and was one of the very privileged whom Monroe engaged when she wanted something very special.

1943 Family moves to San Diego, California

1949 Attends La Jolla High School

1953 Wins five High School Graflex Awards, and writes a chapter on lighting for the book Graphic–Graflex Photography
Graduates from La Jolla High School, La Jolla, CA
Works with Andy Lopez, photographer for the Acme NewsPix, in New York as his photographic assistant

Begins publishing in Sport magazine and The New York Times
Writer Jacob Deschin labels Schiller “A Pro at Sixteen” in US Camera magazine

Wins Socialistic Sports Association scholarship to Pepperdine College, Los Angles, California

1954 Wins Scholastic Magazine Photographic Awards

1955 Published first photos in The Saturday Evening Post

1956 Publishes first photograph in Life magazine; photo titled “Head Over Heals in Work”

1957 Last year at Pepperdine College

1958 Photographs first playmate, Joan Staley, for Playboy magazine

Publishes first color photographs of dancer Julie Newmar, in Life magazine

1960 With wife Judi Schiller, has first of three children, Suzanne, Marc, and Howard
Photographs Richard Nixon’s unsuccessful campaign for President of the United States for Paris Match magazine

1961 Wins National Press Photographers Association and Encyclopedia Awards “Best Storytelling Photo” for photo of Nixon losing to John F. Kennedy

1962 Photographs Marilyn Monroe on the set of Something’s Got to Give for Paris Match magazine
Publishes his first Life magazine cover of Marilyn Monroe
Publishes his second Life magazine cover of Marilyn Monroe

1963 Photographs the events surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas, for The Saturday Evening Post, where he photographs Lee Harvey Oswald and Jack Ruby

1964 Wins numerous awards in the Picture of the Year Competition sponsored by the National Press Photographers Association, University of Missouri School of Journalism and World Book Encyclopedia

1965 Photographs Muhammad Ali–Floyd Patterson fight in Las Vegas for Sport magazine

1966 Publishes a major photographic essay on the indiscriminate use of LSD for Life magazine and brings out his first book on the same subject

1967 Art Seidenbaum of the Los Angeles Times profiles Schiller in New West magazine

1968 Photographs Robert Kennedy for his presidential campaign committee; one of Schiller’s photos is used as Kennedy’s last billboard before his assassination

Directs the still montage in the motion picture Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid for 20th Century Fox film studios

1969 Photographs Paula Kelly nude for Playboy magazine, whereby the magazine publishes pubic hair for the first time

His copyrighted interview of Susan Atkins’s confession about her role in the Charles Manson killings appears in the Los Angeles Times and other newspapers

1970 Collaborates with author Albert Goldman on a book about the late comedian/satirist Lenny Bruce, titled Ladies and Gentleman, Lenny Bruce


1971 Directs the film American Dreamer, a documentary feature about director/actor Dennis Hopper, with L. M. Kit Carson
Directs still montages for the motion picture Lady Sings the Blues

1972 First collaboration with Norman Mailer, on the book Marilyn, with photographs by twenty-four leading photographers; the book becomes a New York Times best seller

Follows with an exhibit that travels around the world

1973 Publishes W. Eugene Smith’s epic photographic essay Minamata in book form—the first major photographic work on industrial pollution

1976 Covers the Patty Hearst trial and the historic boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier known as “The Thriller in Manila”

Editorial Director for the Academy Award winning documentary The Man Who Skied Down Everest

Directs first motion picture, Hey, I’m Alive

Begins series of interviews with Gary Gilmore, published in Playboy

Collaborates with Norman Mailer on the book The Executioner’s Song, for which Mailer, in 1981, wins his second Pulitzer Prize; and the book becomes a New York Times best seller

1977 Esquire magazine profile on Schiller
With wife Stephanie Schiller, has first of two children, Anthony and Cameron

1982 Directs and produces the Emmy award winning television miniseries The Executioner’s Song; its star, Tommy Lee Jones, wins the Best Actor Emmy for the film among other awards

1983 The Executioner’s Song motion picture is shown at the Berlin Film Festival

1984 Co-directs and executive produces the three-time Emmy award winning television miniseries Peter the Great; the film stars Maximilian Schell and wins the Emmy for Outstanding Miniseries, among other awards

1987 Delegate to the Moscow Peace Forum at which Mikhail Gorbachev announces the beginning of perestroika

1994 The New Yorker magazine publishes Oswald’s Tale, Schiller’s fourth collaboration with Norman Mailer; the book becomes a New York Times best seller

1996 Writes the book American Tragedy with James Willwerth; it becomes a New York Times number one best seller, and reveals the inside story of O. J. Simpson’s defense

Vanity Fair profile on Schiller, written by David Margolick

1997 Profiled in Playboy magazine with an interview written by David Scheff

Marries Kathy Amerman Schiller

1998 Publishes Perfect Murder, Perfect Town, a New York Times best seller about the JonBenet Ramsey case

1999–2002 Directs and produces three major miniseries for CBS Television: Perfect Murder, Perfect Town; American Tragedy, and Master Spy: The Robert Hanssen Story

2002–2004 Directs and produces Trace Evidence, the Dr. Henry Lee series for television about thirty-four different crimes that Dr. Lee was primarily responsible for solving

2005–2006 Begins the project of documenting China’s contemporary history as told by its leading artists

2007 Publishes the first collection of photos from his ’60s archives, Marilyn 12, with East End Editions KLS, LLC, Los Angeles

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