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Lee Miller

And here is the woman that photographed Jean Perier, herself an amazing person.

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This is Lee Miller in Hitler's bathtub after they had captured Munich. She arrived and left Munich with the troops, note her fatigues and army boots in the shot.

She also helped invent the photographic process of solarisation.

"I looked like an angel, but I was a fiend inside," Lee Miller said of her early days as a model. The blond, blue-eyed Valkyrie from Poughkeepsie, N.Y., was photographed for Vogue by Edward Steichen, who in turn wrote her a letter of introduction to Man Ray, with whom she would study and have a tempestuous affair. The artist wasn't her only famous lover; Charlie Chaplin, too, is rumored to be on the list. While Miller was in Paris, Jean Cocteau cast her as an armless statue in his movie Le Sang d'un Poète, Pablo Picasso painted her several times (she, in turn, took several photographs of him), and a glass manufacturer cast a champagne goblet from her breast.

Her allure was captured in the words of the photojournalist John Phillips, who called her "an American free spirit wrapped in the body of a Greek goddess." And in fact, she was a woman of as much substance as style. In London at the outbreak of World War II, she ignored evacuation orders to photograph the times for Vogue. As a correspondent for the U.S. Army, she shot the siege of Saint-Malo and the liberations of Buchenwald, Dachau, and Paris.

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