Marilyn: The Passion and Paradox
Like her art, Marilyn Monroe was rooted in paradox: She was a powerful star and a childlike waif; a joyful, irreverent party girl with a deeply spiritual side; a superb friend and a narcissist; a dumb blonde and an intellectual. No previous biographer has recognizedâ��much less attempted to analyzeâ��most of these aspects of her personality. Lois Banner has.
None of this is very new. After all there are literally dozens and dozen...more
But Banner's throughline isn't hard to follow: The woman who started life as Norma Jeane Mortenson worked hard at creating and then meticulously honed to per...more
Never fear. This book will be put to good use. Normally I give books to friends, family, or the local library. This one will be used for starting fires in ou...more
I note some of the reviews on here criticising the book but have to say I found it an enjoyable read. The writer is not so much presenting fact per say but uses the known facts about Marilyn to support her theories.
Far from showing Marilyn to be a victim of Hollywood the writer shows her to be the engineer of her own success. I much prefer this view of Mar...more
But getting past that, she did offer some fres...more
Even when I got over my teen angst for tragedy, I still liked Marilyn. The number of her mo...more
Like many people, I have an interest in Marilyn Monroe. Lois Banner's version of Marilyn Monroe's biography has gone into more depth than any other Marilyn biography that I'm aware of. She has taken the time to join the Los Angeles Marilyn fan club where members shared their collections. She then interviewed Marilyn friends and associates. Researching American and European archives, she was allowed access to never-before-seen collections. She bought many Marilyn items on eBay and...more
Marilyn was a complicated woman and her experiences in her childhood certainly shaped the woman she became Ms. Banner contends. I was surprised by comparisons the author makes between Marily...more
I also got a bit of a jolt when she cited Abraham Lincoln, saying, "Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg." I once had someone tell me that "just because someone says you have a tail, doesn't mean you have a tail."
But perhaps the most profound quote I read was from Monroe herself. "Those big tough guys are so sick. They aren't even that tough!...more
A very good read with interesting, albeit repetitive, every day goings ons.
The index leaves a little to be desired. I've been trying to re-discover Marilyn's dream role, which she never had the opportunity to play. I re-read some of the book in the library stacks and she wanted to play G...more
Back in the 1970's, I remember reading a book about Marilyn, and really enjoyed the read. I wish I could remember which book it was...not that I would want to read the same book again.
Sometimes, I feel as though...more