Earl H. Leaf, or Loose Leaf as he was better known, began his career as the first US journalist to photograph Mao, in 1939. By the ’50s he was a jack of all trades: a photographer, journalist, columnist, ex-cowboy, sailor, prospector, dude rancher, harvest hand, actor, teamster, bookkeeper, Salvation Army cadet, member of the Nevada State Legislature and even a guitar player in a Hawaiian trio in a Panama Cabaret! But he made his real mark in Hollywood. Famous for shooting burgeoning starlets in their bedrooms, Leaf’s photography helped launch several Hollywood careers, including Marilyn Monroe’s. Welcome everywhere from the Oscars to Ciro’s, the Mocambo and the Coconut Grove, Leaf partied with the cream of Hollywood; and from Bogart and Bacall to Brando to John Wayne to Eastwood and Monroe, he shot them all.
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