Marilyn’s Photographer in the Peerage


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by Keystone Press Agency Ltd, vintage print, 1952

by Keystone Press Agency Ltd, vintage print, 1952

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I just discovered Sarah Churchill married Anthony Beauchamp Entwistle who photographed Marilyn Monroe and was considered her photographer. He also photographed my kin, Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, who is also in the peerage, and was considered Andy Warhol’s muse.

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Anthony’s father was an artist, and his mother a well-known photographer who did a portrait of Winston Churchill. Was he aware of his son-in-laws shoots with the most photographed star in Hollywood, next to my kin, Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, who was photographed by Peter Stackpole, whose father was a famous artist. Marilyn was very jealous of her rival. What we are looking at is a creative family that married into a titled family that is connected to the legend of Fair Rosamond, who was put in a Labyrinth at Woodstock. Consider the Benton artists.

To find Marilyn Monroe captured in this maze, is truly astounding. My autobiography ‘Capturing Beauty’ has not been a search in vain. Winston Churchill, the man who defeated the greatest Art Thief of all time, was an accomplished artist. He was surrounded by artists and photographers that were his kindred. Winston was part of a titled Bohemian Scene whose Main Model is Marilyn Monroe, the most beautiful and sexiest woman that ever lived. Here is Venus, the Goddess of Love! This Creative Cluster is very close to Princess Diana and her sons, one who married a beautiful woman who got his attention when she modeled sexy lingerie. Consider the Benton artists and the possibility I am kin to Diana and Sarah, if my grandfather is correct, we do descend from Isaac Hull.

A descendant of Stephen HART is
Diana Spencer, the Princess of Wales.
Here is the way:
1.Stephen Hart 1602/3-1682/3
2.Mary Hart abt 1630-1710 +John Lee 1620-1690

[1] Stephen HART
Stephen HART. Born ABT 1568, ENG. He married a woman whose name is unknown but records indicate she was, born ABT 1572 in Ipswich, Suffolk, ENG
A descendant of Stephen HART is
Diana Spencer, the Princess of Wales.
Here is the way:
1.Stephen Hart 1602/3-1682/3
2.Mary Hart abt 1630-1710 +John Lee 1620-1690
3.Tabitha Lee 1677-1750 +Preserved Strong 1679/80-1765
4.Elizabeth Strong 1704-1792 +Joseph Strong Jr 1701-1773
5.Benajah Strong 1740-1809 +Lucy Bishop 1747-1783
6.Joseph Strong 1770-1812 +Rebecca Young 1779-1862
8.Ellen Wood 1831-1877 +Frank Work 1819-1911
9.Frances Ellen Work 1857-1947 +James Boothby Burke-Roche 1851-1920
10.Edmund Maurice Burke-Roche 1885-1955 +Ruth Sylvia Gill 1980-
11.Frances Ruth Burke-Roche 1936- +Edward John Spencer 1924-
12.Diana Spencer HRH The Princess of Wales 1961- + Charles HRH
The Prince of Wales 1948-
Source:Gen History of Deacon
Stephen Hart and his descendants – Andrews and a book by
Gary Boyd Roberts, through Nancy Bainter

I am now a professional Photographer who specializes in photographing people in the peerage. My greatest regret is that I did not own a camera when I was with Rena Easton, and Marilyn Reed, who was photographed on Malibu Beach by Steven Silverstein. I could have shared my beautiful women with my sisters, the world famous artist ‘Rosamond’. If she was a lived to-day, we would be doing a portrait of Kate.

Marilyn grew up a mile from where Marilyn grew up. When she was sixteen she bought a yellow bikini which she wore to my family gathering at the beach. Three of the Rosamond sisters were there. When she was thirteen, a woman wanted to make Marilyn a model and posed her with a bottle of Ski&Sea. Below is a photo of Marilyn with her friend, Jayne Marie Mansfield, the daughter of Liz and Marilyn’s rival.


I will hurry and get my book published so Rena will have proof I am a authentic person. I will ask her if I can do her biography, which will include her three sisters who were top fashion models. To see Marilyn reclined and surrounded by roses, renders her a Fair Rosamond, a ‘Rose of the World’.

Jon Presco

President: Rosamond Photography Studio

Copyright 2016

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Focus on Marilyn: Anthony Beauchamp 

Tony and Vivienne

Anthony Beauchamp Entwistle was born in England towards the end of World War I, in 1917 or 1918.  His father was Ernest George Entwistle, who established an art school at St Pancras, London, with the illustrator, J.H, Valda, from 1895-1912.

Anthony’s mother, Florence Vivienne Mellish – better known as ‘Vivienne of London’ – married Entwistle in 1913, and they had one other son, Clive, who became an architect, and also designed a rocket used as a secret weapon during World War II.

‘Tony was always very brilliant as a little boy,’ Vivienne told Australian Women’s Weekly in 1971. ‘He left grammar school when he was just under 15 with an “excellent” in every subject.’

Vivienne, an accomplished miniaturist, joined Anthony as a photographer’s assistant in 1934. She became one of the eminent society portraitists of her era, counting Winston Churchill and Vivien Leigh among her many distinguished subjects.

Of her son’s big break, Vivienne recalled: ‘He had a bit of luck, because he met Vivien Leigh just when she had first made her name – she was so lovely then, you’ve no idea – and his picture of her became famous all over the world.’

Vivienne helped to retouch Antony’s early photos, but then she found success in her own right. This made them rivals for a time. ‘My son was very angry,’ she admitted. ‘Well, you can’t blame him…He was still very young, and you know what it’s like sometimes with young men and older women. This was a very sad part of my life and of his.’

After opening his studio in 1939, Antony adopted the professional name of Beauchamp. ‘He changed his name by deed poll,’ Vivienne confirmed. ‘I suppose he thought it would shock me, but I never alluded to it, not once…Then one morning at three o’clock the phone went and a voice said “Mother, it’s Tony. I’m so unhappy, Mother dear, I can’t tell you the trouble I ran into.” So I said, “Come back,” and he came back and we never, ever discussed it from that day on.’

During World War II, Antony became Official War Artist to the 14th Army in Burma. ‘I didn’t take glamour pictures in Burma, Mother dear,’ he retorted. ‘I took the bloody sights!’

After the war ended, Tony returned to London. ‘One day the phone rang and my assistant said, “Mrs. Entwistle, it’s Tony!”’ Vivienne recalled. ‘I said, “Where are you?” and he said, “At Paddington Station!” After four years, just like that! So he moved in and, of course, being Tony, he took over. Well, he went on, he was very handsome, of course, all the glamour girls fell for him.’

Of Antony’s artistic style, Vivienne commented, ‘He never took a man – did you notice, dear?’ In work as in life, Tony was driven by his passions – and his demons. As Vivien recalled, ‘I used to say to my husband, “Tony at his best, I couldn’t take one as good, but at his worst I couldn’t take one as terrible!”’

Beauchamp and his wife, Sarah Churchill

Beauchamp in Hollywood

In 1949, Antony married Sarah Churchill, the actress daughter of Sir Winston Churchill, Britain’s Prime Minister from 1940-45 and again from 1951-55. Antony had first photographed her years before. ‘He couldn’t bear her at first,’ Vivienne remembered. ‘Then she came back and one day he said to me, “I’ve got very friendly with Sarah Churchill, Mother dear, I saw her in a very different light at the Dorchester (Hotel) the other night.” It’s my belief she’d been in love with him all along!’

They moved to Los Angeles, and Sarah starred alongside Fred Astaire in the 1951 musical, Royal Wedding. Tony briefly considered taking up acting himself.

Shortly before leaving England, Beauchamp had photographed a young actress named Audrey Hepburn. His portrait is included in Audrey 100, a book of favourite photos personally selected by the star’s family.

Once in Hollywood, Anthony soon became one of the most sought-after portraitists of the post-war age.

The young Elizabeth Taylor posed for him, and in 1951 Anthony captured that most enigmatic of stars, Greta Garbo, in a rare colour series. His fame soon spread, and he photographed First Lady Margaret Truman in the same year.

Acting class at Charles Laughton’s home, 1950

Party at Ben Lyon’s home, 1950

Anthony first met Marilyn Monroe in 1950, through her agent (and lover),Johnny Hyde. He first photographed Marilyn at an acting class at the home ofCharles Laughton, and invited her to a party at the Santa Monica beach-house ofBen Lyon (the talent scout who ‘discovered’ Marilyn in 1946, and who had invited the Beauchamps to stay in his home after moving to England.) That night, British actor George Sanders proposed marriage to the ‘deliciously pneumatic’ Monroe, but she politely turned him down.

Sanders was already married to another blonde actress, Zsa Zsa Gabor, who (needlessly)  scolded Tony for inviting ‘that kind of girl to a party’. Months later, when Marilyn played Sanders’ love interest in All About Eve, Gabor warned him to stay away from her alleged rival.

That December, Hyde died suddenly. Monroe was heartbroken, according to Elia Kazan, who visited her on the set of As Young As You Feel in early 1951. Nonetheless, she was determined to be a star. In between movie roles, Marilyn posed for magazine shoots. She had begun her career as a model and was fast becoming the nation’s pin-up as a new war raged in Korea.

Photo shoot with Beauchamp and Earl Thiesen, 1951

Over two weeks in the spring of 1951, Anthony photographed the 24 year-old Marilyn, and extended his hospitality to her. Their collaboration made a striking contrast with Beauchamp’s more sophisticated portrait work. Marilyn wore the yellow bikini she had used for cheesecake snaps dating back six years, and another two-piece made from terrycloth.

In a series of black-and-white shots, a sleek, honey-blonde Monroe ran along Santa Monica beach, a favourite haunt since childhood. Eager to please, she crawled in the sand, performed handstands and turned cartwheels; and in one sequence, aimed a bow and arrow. The raw energy and sensuality she exuded were a far cry from the ‘girl-next-door’ image favoured by other Hollywood blondes.

In a series of colour photos, Marilyn rests languidly across a lounger, on a balcony. Anthony also photographed Marilyn in an elegant, high-necked dress, lying on a beach towel.

In retrospect, the unusual quality of these photos is light years ahead of its time, with one blogger describing the archery sequence as a pivotal moment when ‘The Hunted Became the Huntress’. Monroe, so often dismissed as a ‘dumb blonde’, looks anything but a passive beauty here, though she retains her playful, kittenish charm.

The beach session made the cover of Focus magazine in March 1953, for a cover story with the teasing headline, ‘The End of Marilyn Monroe’, referring to the avalanche of publicity that Marilyn was now receiving. Beauchamp’s colour shots of bikini-clad Marilyn were still gracing covers of magazines like Eye,Cheesecake, and The Male Point of View as late as 1956.

Death of an Englishman

By the mid-1950s, Anthony had returned to England. He produced and directed episodes of the police drama serial, Fabian of the Yard, from 1954-56. ‘He had (a movie) all ready to go,’ Vivienne said later. ‘He’d got all the stars and everything, and then an American backer – I’d better not mention his name – let him down at the last moment.’

During the late 1940s, Tony had been a member of the Thursday Club, alongsideNahum Baron (who photographed Marilyn in 1954), the writer Sigmund Miller, and Dr Stephen Ward, the osteopath and artist implicated in the Profumo Affairof 1963.

Beauchamp, along with Ward, also frequented the Little Club in Knightsbridge, where Ruth Ellis was appointed manageress in 1953. Two years later, 28 year-old Ellis became the last woman to be hanged in Britain for the murder of her violent lover, David Blakeley.

Ellis’s biographer, Monica Weller, believes that Anthony, like Ward, exploited pretty, troubled young women, including Ellis. But while there is direct evidence linking Ward to Ellis, the true nature of her friendship with Beauchamp seems less clear.

However, Tony’s marriage to Sarah Churchill was shaky.’ They were very happy together at first,’ Vivienne recalled, ‘but somehow things went wrong. She branched away on her own; she had her own career as an actress and he, of course, had his.’

Sarah was becoming addicted to alcohol and this damaged her career. She was arrested several times for causing a public disturbance while drunk, and even spent a short spell in Holloway Prison. She and Tony decided to live apart, though they had no plans to divorce.

In 1956, Marilyn Monroe – now one of the world’s most glamorous stars – came to England to film The Prince and the Showgirl with Sir Laurence Olivier. It’s not known if she met Tony during her stay, though he knew the Oliviers quite well. When not filming or giving interviews, Marilyn spent her much of her time with her new husband, Arthur Miller.

By the summer of 1957, Monroe was expecting a baby and relaxing in a holiday chalet with Arthur in Amagansett, near East Hampton. Sadly, the pregnancy was ectopic and had to be terminated, bringing a tranquil, settled period in Marilyn’s life to an abrupt end. Over in London, Anthony was putting the finishing touches to his autobiography, Focus on Fame.

‘He wrote me fabulous letters,’ Vivienne said later. ‘Pages and pages pouring out his admiration and love for me. And the last letter he wrote before he went away for good was to me.’

Early in the morning of Sunday, August 18, Anthony was found dead at his flat in Hyde Park Gardens after taking an overdose of barbiturates. A policeman told the Glasgow Herald that he was lying on a bed, fully dressed, his hand hanging limp by a telephone. An empty box of prescribed pills was found at the scene, though no drinking glass was located.

Vivienne, who saw her son for the last time days before, said ‘he was wonderful’ but had ‘complained of being rather over-worked’. Lady Jane Vane-Tempest-Stewart (a maid of honour at Queen Elizabeth’s coronation) had spoken to Anthony by phone as he lay dying. ‘I pleaded with Anthony,’ she told police (as quoted in The Times.) ‘I tried to persuade him not to be foolish. I was frantic. While I talked suddenly the line went dead.’

In 1960, a British starlet, Sabrina (born Norma Ann Sykes), told theAustralasian Post that Beauchamp had visited her the night before his suicide. ‘Anthony was always a very mixed-up boy,’ she said. ‘The one thing that he dreaded above all else was to be left alone.’ Recounting their fateful last meeting, Sabrina added, ‘He came round to my flat after I had already been in bed for half an hour. He begged me to get up and make some coffee. Reluctantly, and in a very bad humour I did so. We sat in the sitting room of my flat chatting for about thirty minutes, and I can remember well feeling desperately sorry for him. Finally, however, almost dropping asleep, I had to insist he left.’

Focus on Fame was published posthumously in 1958. Almost five years after Anthony’s passing, on August 5th 1962, Marilyn Monroe was found dead in very similar circumstances – alone in her bed on a Saturday night, clutching a telephone, having ingested a massive overdose of barbiturates.

Marilyn was 36 when she died; Anthony Beauchamp was 39. Had he lived longer, might now be as well-known as other British photographers like Cecil Beaton and Norman Parkinson. His mother, Vivienne, inherited his photographic archive and remained devoted to his memory until her death in 1982.

‘Tony just couldn’t take any more and he swallowed all his sleeping pills,’ Vivienne concluded. ‘Sarah was marvelous to me. To this day she calls me her mother-in-law and she won’t be photographed by anybody else.’ Her loss was tempered with affection. ‘I’m not really a believer in spiritualism – I wouldn’t try to get into touch with him – but I don’t believe in life finishing. I think we go on. To me, Tony went straight on,’ she insisted. ‘He couldn’t help it. He took his own life, I know that, but I think that’s a very plucky thing to do. We were always very friendly, very near to each other, which is rare for a mother and son. Although we had that argument, I know it wasn’t his fault. I’m a very proud mother.’

In an extract of Lawrence Schiller’s soon-to-be-released memoir, ‘Marilyn & Me’, published by Vanity Fair, the dead star said she would be naked coming out of a swimming pool as part of a photo shoot.

The only condition of doing so however, was that Taylor would not appear anywhere in magazines where they featured.

According to Schiller, Monroe said: “Larry, if I do come out of the pool with nothing on, I want your guarantee that when your pictures appear on the covers of magazines Elizabeth Taylor is not anywhere in the same issue.”

Monroe was apparently determined to prove her own worth to film bosses – in her last role in ‘Something’s Gotta Give’, she was only paid $100,000, while Taylor got $1 million as ‘Cleopatra’.

Photographer Peter Stackpole (1913-1997), was the son of artists, Ralph Stackpole and Adele Barnes Stackpole. Educated in the San Francisco Bay area and Paris, Peter Stackpole grew up under the influence of his parent’s friends and peers, Dorthea Lange, Edward Weston and Diego Rivera. Maturing in this supportive artist community, Stackpole began developing his photographic style at a young age. Stackpole’s appreciation for the hand-held camera and his developing technical expertise found a perfect subject in the construction of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. With his Leica Model A, he captured the details of the work itself as well as the drama of the situation. Stackpole showed this work to Willard Van Dyke in 1934 and was soon thereafter included as an honorary member in Group f/64. However, his photographic vision differed dramatically from the straight approach of the f/64 fine artists; Stackpole identified as a photojournalist preferring a vibrant and candid approach, and situating his subjects within a contextual setting. In 1935, twenty-five of Stackpole’s bridge photographs were exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Art. This led to several freelance projects and in 1936, when Henry Luce established his ground-breaking “picture” magazine LIFE, Stackpole was hired as one of the four staff photographers. Stackpole worked for LIFE from its founding until 1961, moving gracefully between photographing the glamorous and young in Hollywood, and the more routine lives of the laboring class, always endeavoring to present his subjects authentically. Stackpole’s portraiture of Hollywood stars created approachable and endearing characters, and is recognized as a pioneering contribution to “media culture,” solidifying Hollywood icons as a subject of fascination within popular culture. Some of the celebrities he chronicled were Gary Cooper, Alfred Hitchcock, Vivien Leigh, Greer Garson, and Elizabeth Taylor. Stackpole was LIFE’s chief Hollywood photographer from 1938 until 1951, when he moved east to work in the magazine’s New York office. Over the course of his career, 26 of his images graced the cover of LIFE. Stackpole’s work resulted in several book publications, including The Bridge Builders (1985), and Peter Stackpole, Life in Hollywood 1936-1952 (1991). In 1987, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art included much of his work in their exhibition The Hollywood Photographers. It was the Oakland Museum’s double exhibition of Stackpole’s work in Peacetime to wartime and Mr. Stackpole Goes to Hollywood that saved a significant portion of Stackpole’s work from the 1991 fire that devastated Oakland, including the photographer’s home. In his later years, Stackpole began an autobiography entitled Go Get ‘Em, Tiger, which remained unfinished at the time of his death in 1997.

The Peter Stackpole archive contains photographic materials and papers, dating from 1918 – 1997. This includes negatives, prints, biographical materials, writings, exhibition materials, publications, exhibition materials, and audiovisual materials, as well as 273 fine prints.,4677745&hl=en

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Sarah Millicent Hermione Churchill was born on 7 October 1914.1 She was the daughter of Rt. Hon. Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill and Clementine Ogilvy Hozier, Baroness Spencer-Churchill.1She married, firstly, Victor Oliver von Samek, son of Victor Baron von Samek, on 25 December 1936.1She and Victor Oliver von Samek were divorced in 1945.1 She married, secondly, Antony BeauchampEntwistle, son of Ernest George Entwistle, on 18 October 1949.1 She married, thirdly, Thomas Percy Henry Touchet-Jesson, 23rd Lord Audley (of Heleigh), son of Thomas Touchet Touchet-Jesson andAnnie Rosina Hammacott Osler, on 26 April 1962.1 She died on 24 September 1982 at age 67, without issue.1
     She was an actress and writer.1 From 25 December 1936, her married name became von Samek.1 She gained the rank of Section Officer between 1939 and 1945 in the service of the Woman’s Auxiliary Air Force.1 From 18 October 1949, her married name became Entwistle. From 26 April 1962, her married name became Touchet-Jesson.1 As a result of her marriage, Sarah Millicent Hermione Churchill was styled as Lady Audley on 26 April 1962.


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     Antony Beauchamp Entwistle was the son of Ernest George Entwistle.1 He married Sarah Millicent Hermione Churchill, daughter of Rt. Hon. Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill and Clementine Ogilvy Hozier, Baroness Spencer-Churchill, on 18 October 1949.1 He died on 18 August 1957.1

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    Connection to Churchill.

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