The Associated Press

Mary Morris Lawrence

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Mary Morris Lawrence, among the first female photographers at The Associated Press, died Aug. 12. She was 95.

She died at her home in Oakland, her husband, Harold Lawrence, said. She was suffering from heart failure.

The Chicago native joined the AP in New York on November 16, 1936 and worked as a features photographer.

Morris described herself as a "groundbreaker" in an interview with The Oakland Tribune in 2007 and recalled male colleagues at the AP joking that they would no longer be able to change their pants in the darkroom.

Lawrence, the former general manager of the London Symphony Orchestra, said his wife was a photographer for the AP at Yankee Stadium, where she was once greeted with an ovation by the crowd when she walked on the field in a skirt. He also recalled she worked on stories about child labor in Pennsylvania.

Morris worked at AP for three-and-a-half years before leaving in 1940. She went on to work for the New York tabloid PM. Her work also appeared in magazines such as Look, Life and Mademoiselle.

Morris was born in Chicago on March 27, 1914. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 1936.

She made a name for herself photographing Hollywood stars, including Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra.