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She showed up at the Hotel Bel-Air in jeans and no makeup, 3½ hours late and with only one request: three bottles of Dom Pérignon champagne. That June 1962 photo session would turn out to be one of Marilyn Monroe's last, and the resulting photos, many of them nudes, made photographer Bert Stern's name. Stern, who died at age 83 on June 26, began his career in the mail room of Look magazine and first won acclaim for his artful ad photos; a 2010 documentary about him was entitled Bert Stern: Original Madman. Renowned as a womanizer, he went on to shoot Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn and other beauties of the era, honing an intimate, uncluttered style that helped revolutionize celebrity photography. "Making love and making photographs," he once noted, "are closely connected." Don Draper couldn't have said it better.