Multiple exposure photograph of LIFE photographer Marie Hansen handling a camera, running & crouching as she would do on assignment. (Photo by Gjon Mili/The LIFE Picture Collection © Meredith Corporation)

Multiple exposure photograph of LIFE photographer Marie Hansen handling a camera, running & crouching as she would do on assignment. (Photo by Gjon Mili/The LIFE Picture Collection © Meredith Corporation)

LIFE’S third female staff photographer, Marie Hansen (c. 1918-1969) covered the White House, politics and Hollywood. MGM producer Joe Pasternak was so taken with her that he wanted to make a movie based on her ‘exotic’ identity: the woman photojournalist. Pasternak persuaded Hansen to take a screen test in which she smooched with film star Walter Pidgeon. However, she turned down a movie studio contract because she felt more comfortable on the other side of the lens.

Adapted from The Great LIFE Photographers

Congressmen posing on the front steps of the Capitol Building. (Photo by Marie Hansen/The LIFE Picture Collection © Meredith Corporation)

Congressmen posing on the front steps of the Capitol Building. (Photo by Marie Hansen/The LIFE Picture Collection © Meredith Corporation)

Children playing on the beach, 1946. (Photo by Marie Hansen/The LIFE Picture Collection © Meredith Corporation)

Children playing on the beach, 1946. (Photo by Marie Hansen/The LIFE Picture Collection © Meredith Corporation)

Huge crowd gathered in the surf and amp; at the beach in front of Coney Island Amusement Park. (Photo by Marie Hansen/The LIFE Picture Collection © Meredith Corporation)

Huge crowd gathered in the surf and amp; at the beach in front of Coney Island Amusement Park. (Photo by Marie Hansen/The LIFE Picture Collection © Meredith Corporation)

More Like This

Place de la Concorde. (Photo by Gordon Parks/The LIFE Picture Collection © Meredith Corporation) Photographer

Gordon Parks

An elderly Chinese man ice skating. (Photo by Jack Wilkes/The LIFE Picture Collection © Meredith Corporation) Photographer

Jack Wilkes

Senator John F. Kennedy playing peek-a-boo with his daughter Caroline in her crib. (Photo by Edward Clark/The LIFE Picture Collection © Meredith Corporation) Photographer

Edward Clark

A rhesus monkey sitting in water up to his chest. (Photo by Hansel Meith/The LIFE Picture Collection © Meredith Corporation) Photographer

Hansel Mieth

Representatives of 14 NATO nations (including US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles (fore, far R) signing a pact admitting Germany as 15th member in a ceremony at Palais de Chaillot. (Photo by Frank Scherschel/The LIFE Picture Collection © Meredith Corporation) Photographer

Frank Scherschel

Crowd of 10,000 at America First Committee rally. (Photo by William C. Shrout/The LIFE Picture Collection © Meredith Corporation) Photographer

William C. Shrout