A COLLECTION of intimate photographs of screen superstar Marilyn Monroe have gone on display in a Glasgow gallery.

The images are from the private collection of Hollywood collector and publisher Edward Weston.

They show the troubled actress throughout her career, from her beginnings as a model in 1948 to her final photo shoot in 1962.

The collection, on display at Castle Galleries in Princes Square, documents her life in the spotlight and captures the star both at the height of her career and at her most vulnerable.

It includes the last professional photographs taken of Marilyn, in July 1962, before her untimely death in that August.

Nicola Duffy, gallery manager at Castle Galleries, said: "This collection of photographs holds some truly striking and breathtaking images and capture the very essence of the 20th Century's most enigmatic film icon - Marilyn Monroe.

"Edward Weston once said: 'With Marilyn, I never fall out of love' and I believe that is true of most of us. "

Limited edition prints of Edward Weston's collection are available to buy and start from £699.

Marilyn was only 36 when she was found dead from an overdose of barbituates.

Much of her early life was spent in foster homes, but in 1946 she secured a film contract with Twentieth Century-Fox.

Her early appearances were minor, but her performances in The Asphalt Jungle and All About Eve (both 1950), attracted attention.

Her "dumb blonde" persona was used to comic effect in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) and The Seven Year Itch (1955). Her dramatic performance in Bus Stop (1956) earned her a Golden Globe nomination.

Her last completed film was The Misfits (1961), co-starring Clark Gable, with a screenplay by her then-husband, Arthur Miller, but her final years were marked by illness and personal problems.

vivienne.nicoll @eveningtimes.co.uk