Allen Grant
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Allan Grant | 1919-2008

Allen Grant
Life magazine photographer Allan Grant covered news and personalities from the 1940s to the ‘60s. An example of his talent for spot news photography is this shot of former Vice President Richard Nixon, in slacks and tie, using a garden hose to water down the roof of his rented home in Brentwood during the Bel-Air fire in November 1961. Nearly 500 homes were destroyed in the blaze. (Allan Grant)
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Allan Grant took the last series of photos of Marilyn Monroe before her death. The Life magazine shoot took place at her Brentwood home. The photos ran with a profile in the Aug. 3, 1962, issue, and she died Aug. 5. (Allan Grant)
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Allan Grant told John Loengard in the book “Life Photographers: What They Saw” that during the Monroe photo shoot he recalled the actress being concerned about the lights. “She asked me if the light was OK, and I said, ‘To tell you the truth, this is the first time I’ve done a portrait, and I really don’t know where the lights should be.’ “

“She took that seriously. Her publicist said, ‘Allan, for God’s sake don’t fool with Marilyn that way.’ " “It’s a joke,” I said. “I’m sorry.” (Allan Grant)
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Marilyn Monroe poses for Allan Grant in her home in Brentwood in the summer of 1962. (Allan Grant)
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Best actress nominees Audrey Hepburn, left, and Grace Kelly were photographed backstage at the Academy Awards ceremony in 1955. (Allan Grant)
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Allan Grant shot boxers Bobo Olson, right, and Sugar Ray Robinson just before their match on May 1, 1956. Robinson went on to win by knockout. (Allan Grant / Time Life Pictures / Getty Images)
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Marina Oswald is shown with her baby and brother-in-law Robert Oswald at the Adolphus Hotel in Dallas on Nov. 23, 1963. The day before, hours after Lee Harvey Oswald killed President John F. Kennedy, Allan Grant managed to persuade Marina and members of the Oswald family to stay at the hotel where the photographer continued to take pictures for Life magazine’s exclusive story. (Allan Grant)
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On the day of the assassination, Allan Grant tracked down Marina Oswald, left, in Irving, Texas, where she was with her two children and her mother-in-law Marguerite, pictured. He spent all afternoon with the family. (Allan Grant)
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A nighttime view of the 1948 Gilmore gas station in California. Apart from photographing celebrities and newsmakers, Grant had an eye for spot news. (Allan Grant / Time Life Pictures / Getty Images)
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Allan Grant “was very handsome and glamorous, two virtues that made him popular in Hollywood,” recalled colleague Richard Stolley, the Los Angeles bureau chief for Life magazine. Grant photographed atomic bomb tests in the Nevada desert in the early 1950s, as well as the flight of Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose in 1947. ()
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