People: Jul. 27, 1987

"There was something special about her, a luminous quality to her face, a fragileness combined with astonishing vibrancy. This girl was going places." So mused a young photographer about the girl he found working in a factory near the end of World War II. Credit David Conover with an unerring eye, because his discovery was to become Marilyn Monroe. In June 1945, Conover, then an Army photographer stationed at the Hal Roach Studio in California, was sent by his commanding officer, Captain Ronald Reagan, to take promotional shots of women doing war work. The allure of Norma Jean Dougherty, 19, attaching...