Sarah McGonagall on Twitter: "I did some digging and it turns out letters  from her acting coach, Natasha Lytess, were discovered which detailed the 7  years where she and Marilyn lived as “Natasha Lytess (16 May 1911, Berlin, Germany – 12 May 1963, Zurich, Switzerland) was an actress, writer and drama coach. Marilyn Monroe was rumored to have had affairs with both Barbara Stanwyck and Russian drama coach Natasha Lytess.

Born Natalia Postmann and also known as Tala Forman, she had studied with the director Max Reinhardt and appeared in the repertory theater. She is said to have had a relationship with the writer Bruno Frank, who is also said to be the father of her daughter Barbara, born in 1943.[1] When the Nazis came to power, and in light of her Jewish heritage,[2] she moved to the United States and settled down in Los Angeles. She had hoped for a great stage career, but her accent and her unfeminine appearance limited the roles she could play.[3] Among her acting credits were appearances in Comrade X (1940), Once Upon a Honeymoon (1942), and The House on Telegraph Hill (1951). Her performance in Once Upon a Honeymoon drew praise from New York Times critic Bosley Crowther, who said she "shines with clear and poignant brilliance in a brief part as a Jewish chambermaid."[4] Other Lytess students included Mamie Van Doren,[5] Virginia Leith,[6] and Ann Savage (who reputedly got her stage name after a particularly "savage" argument with Lytess).[7] Lytess is known best for her partnership with actress Marilyn Monroe from 1948 to 1956. During her time as a drama coach for Columbia Pictures, Lytess was shown Monroe's screen test and convinced the head of Columbia Pictures to hire Monroe for a six-month contract. Lytess coached Marilyn through more than 20 films before their partnership began to deteriorate. Lytess is rumored to have had more than professional feelings towards Monroe which developed, according to Monroe and other actresses that studied under Lytess, into an overbearing obsession. In 1956, Monroe sent Lytess a telegram saying that she did not require Natasha's services anymore, and the partnership ended a full seven years after it started.[8]

Lytess died of cancer four days before her 52nd birthday in Zurich, Switzerland. She was portrayed by Lindsay Crouse in Norma Jean & Marilyn,[9] and by Embeth Davidtz in The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe.

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