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4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  2,641 Ratings  ·  299 Reviews
Written at the height of her fame but not published until over a decade after her death, this autobiography of actress and sex symbol Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962) poignantly recounts her childhood as an unwanted orphan, her early adolescence, her rise in the film industry from bit player to celebrity, and her marriage to Joe DiMaggio. In this intimate account of a very ...more
Hardcover, 185 pages
Published September 29th 2006 by Taylor Trade Publishing (first published May 1st 1974)
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Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all) Tante means Aunt. Aunt Zippa is probably a joke referring to an older, fat lady. I think Zippa is a joke name because the Marx Brothers had joke…moreTante means Aunt. Aunt Zippa is probably a joke referring to an older, fat lady. I think Zippa is a joke name because the Marx Brothers had joke names: Harpo, Groucho, Chico, and Zeppo. Zippa sounds like a joke on Zeppo.(less)
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all) In a sense. I remember a documentary years ago that featured tapes of Marilyn talking about her life, and I'm pretty sure the segments are drawn from…moreIn a sense. I remember a documentary years ago that featured tapes of Marilyn talking about her life, and I'm pretty sure the segments are drawn from those tapes. Hecht was supposed to be a ghost writer or editor--I can't say he did much of a job, though, considering how scrappy the text was left.(less)
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Bill  Kerwin

In addition to the gorgeous photographs taken by Milton Greene, I find this half-formed book fascinating for three reasons: for the way the ghost of Marilyn Monroe haunts our image of sensuality, for the way the ghost of Norma Jean Mortenson haunts the image of Marilyn Monroe, and for the way the ghost of ghost-writer Ben Hecht haunts the first person voice of this artful, unfinished narrative.

Three nights ago, for the umpteenth time, I watched Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and for the first time in
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Emad Attili
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Marilyn Monroe!
Judging by her songs and movies, I've always looked at her as a sex icon! I've never imagined her to be such a deep and wonderful writer!

I can't believe I'm gonna say this, but I can tell you that as of this moment, this woman has become one of my favorite characters! She's become one of my teachers!
She taught me a very important lesson: not to judge people, and to know that when I judge people I actually judge myself! When I say: "Marilyn is a bad person", I actually say: "I'm a
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Newby
Oct 06, 2008 Newby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another really fabulous autobiography. I wish it was longer. It answers all the questions about Marilyn's youth and takes you up until she starts touring with the troops. She was a very smart lady. It does make me wonder, however, why every Marilyn biopic totally screws up the story of her youth. You can read it in her own words! There's no excuse to get the story wrong! And it's very dramatic, so it's not like any drama is added by changing the story. See? This is why I prefer autobiographies. ...more
میعاد
Jul 11, 2016 میعاد rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.چادر پُر از آدم شده بود و همه داشتند به سخنان مُبلّغ گوش می کردند. او در مورد گناه در جهان هم سرود می خواند هم صحبت می کرد. ناگهان خطاب به گناهکاران چادر گفت که همگی در درگاه خداوند بلند شوند و توبه کنند. من زودتر از همه بلند شدم و شروع به اعتراف گناهم کردم. او گفت: به زانو بیفت خواهر !
به زانو افتادم و شروع کردم به حرف زدن در مورد آقای کیمل که چطور مرا در اتاقش گیر انداخت و به من تجاوز کرد. دیگر گناهکاران نیز دورم جمع شدند و به زانو افتادند و با گریه و زاری شروع کردند به اعتراف در مورد گناهان ش
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Laurel-Rain
Aug 31, 2010 Laurel-Rain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written at the height of her fame but not published until over a decade after her death, this autobiography of actress and sex symbol Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962) poignantly recounts her childhood as an unwanted orphan, her early adolescence, her rise in the film industry from bit player to celebrity, and her marriage to Joe DiMaggio.

The Marilyn on these pages is a revelation: a gifted, intelligent, vulnerable woman who was far more complex than the unwitting sex siren she portrayed on screen. Lav
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Flora
Mar 01, 2008 Flora rated it liked it
Her unfinished memoir, and a spare, no-nonsense one. It by no means aims for thoroughness, and in fact simply offers a series of brief, haunting accounts of episodes in her life, most of which have little or nothing to do with her stardom. The first chapter, for instance, is called, "How I Rescued a White Piano," and delivers with disarming matter-of-factness an innocuous little story that reveals more about her tragic childhood than if she had addressed it directly. If this book had been a ...more
مایا
Jul 27, 2016 مایا rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
کتاب بازهٔ کودکی مریلین تا اگر اشتباه نکنم هزار و نهصد و پنجاه و چهار (هشت سال پیش از مرگش) برنامهای که برای سربازان آمریکایی در کره اجرا کرد رو شامل و با این جمله تموم میشه: "در اینجا دست نوشتهای که مریلین به من داده بود به پایان میرسد." میلتون اچ گرین
دوست داشتم کتاب بهتر و کاملتر بود :)
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حقوقم را خرج کلاسهای نمایش، رقص و آواز کردم. کتابهایی خریدم که مطالعه کنم. مینشستم گوشهٔ اتاقم و فیلمنامهها را بلند بلند در مقابل آینه میخواندم که چیز عجیبی برایم اتفاق افتاد. عاشق خودم شدم، نه عاشق آن
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Annie
Jun 11, 2016 Annie rated it it was ok
There’s something about this one that puts me ill at ease. I either don’t believe Monroe wrote this at all (it was, after all, an admitted collaboration with a ghostwriter— and it was only published after her death) or else I believe Monroe wrote it insincerely, as an autobiography that suited/enhanced her public persona.

I just don’t see how this infantile, blushing voice belongs to the same person who reads Turgenev, Zola, Proust, Joyce, Camus, Mann, Aristophanes, Aristotle, and Lucretius, or
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Shellie (Layers of Thought)
Mar 23, 2009 Shellie (Layers of Thought) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: young women
I've always liked Marilyn Monroe - she did sexy with such innocent grace. As this is punctuated through the book as she describes her survival of a very difficult childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood with the strength and perseverance which would mold the woman that she would become. She also alludes to the circumstances of her death.
My Story shows us a side of MM that is contrary to her identity as sex symbol - she in fact felt anything but sexy. She was also strong, choosey, and had hig
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Rebecca McNutt
Almost everyone knows who Marilyn Monroe is, but this book reveals a whole other side to her life, her emotions, not just who she was on-screen but who she was as a person. It's definitely worth reading and very interesting.
Nicole Pramik
I'm not into celebrity biographies or autobiographies, but for some reason I was intrigued to read this. While I wouldn't call myself a fan of Monroe, I have seen a few of her movies and liked them, and, of course, I've heard a variety of stories and conspiracy theories surrounding her untimely death. This book, regardless of its authorship, ventures into the darker side of a life of fame and a quest for true love.

(I do want to briefly bring up the question of authorship as some readers and revi
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Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
I can't give more than three stars to what is obviously an unfinished draft. More than a memoir, what we have here is a collection of vignettes and anecdotes. After she goes to Hollywood, there's no real chronology. I found it odd that she would refer to her then-husband repeatedly as "Mr DiMaggio" instead of "Joe" or "my future husband, Joe DiMaggio"--maybe that's an indication of how things were going.

What gave me the cold shivers was when she described the let-down of first being signed into
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Miller04
Aug 14, 2007 Miller04 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who is a Marilyn fan
I am about half way through this book....its nothing exciting or riveting.....it is simplistic in its approach. This book is more for fans who want to get to know the real Marilyn better. Her real thoughts may surprise some.

The pictures included are some I havent seen before and brought tears to my eyes, becuase some give us a glimpse of Norma Jean...not Marilyn.
Kristin Shafel Omiccioli
Aug 18, 2012 Kristin Shafel Omiccioli rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir, non-fiction
Marilyn Monroe's memoir My Story is a simple, elegant, personal account of the infamous actress's life. Unsurprisingly, it's rather melancholy. Marilyn mentions often episodes of crying in bed all night and having moments when she had wished she were dead. Her haunting vision of herself as "the kind of girl they found dead in a hallway bedroom with an empty bottle of sleeping pills in her hand" was disquieting.

My Story begins with Marilyn's childhood as an orphan deep in poverty: mistreated, abu
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UrbanFirefly
It's hard to put a rating on this unfinished autobiography. Marilyn was a fragile woman and life gave her hell from beginning to end. She survived though, up until the day they found her dead with an empty bottle of sleeping pills in her hand, as she predicted in this book.

Marilyn was a lonely woman who was constantly abandoned by her mother, her father, her foster parents and apparently her friends as she never mentions one. She craved attention and as she puts it to belong to the world. Ironic
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Kelsey
Feb 22, 2013 Kelsey rated it liked it
"My Story" is a great read just because it is from Ms. Monroe's point of view. We all see the Marilyn Monroe quotes all over the internet but rarely do you get a story told by Norma Jean Mortenson. So, you have an account of her life told from childhood and how she felt unwanted and unloved, through her teen years where she had to be oversexualized just to feel loved, and her adult life where... it's much of the same. Because of this, the account is a bit sad, but most of us already knew that ...more
Jen ƸӜƷ
May 06, 2016 Jen ƸӜƷ rated it liked it
Shelves: biography
An interesting story of the transformation of Norma Jean to Marilyn Monroe. The autobiography was written simplistically but with very adult themes. What I mean by this is that Marilyn clearly struggled with her past years of feeling unwanted that continued into adulthood. She tried to be what the studios wanted, but she was an unique individual that will be remembered throughout history as a blonde bombshell of the mid twentieth century.

PS Loved the photographs included in the book, well placed
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Sarah Cormier
May 26, 2012 Sarah Cormier rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics
A great biography about a troubled but really interesting young woman who came from nothing and became one of the most iconic figures in the world. Great read if you`re a Marilyn fan. ...more
Kristie
Oct 21, 2013 Kristie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, biography
I find that biographies are hit or miss for me. Many times, I feel that people try to make their life more interesting or show how wonderful they are and these come across sounding fake and not intimate at all. I did not get that sense with this biography. I felt that you could really hear Marilyn's voice throughout the book. Some parts were repetitive, others were maybe glossed over a bit, but the whole time it felt like you were hearing Marilyn, not a PR person, editor, or author. Because of ...more
Carl Rollyson
Jun 15, 2012 Carl Rollyson rated it it was amazing
Marilyn Monroe "wrote" this book in collaboration with Ben Hecht. He does capture her voice. For many years, Monroe biographers have been wary of this text, but Lois Banner's new biography of Marilyn Monroe gives the fullest account of the circumstances in which the book was produced and explains why it is essential reading for anyone interested in Monroe. This edition includes Milton Greene's wonderful photographs. Monroe gave Greene a typescript of her autobiography. Many years ago I ...more
Patty
Jun 18, 2009 Patty rated it it was amazing
Marilyn Monroe is my favorite actress, so I was glad to get this bnook a a birthday present. The book is Marilyn's own words. She tells about her life as a ophan, a struggling actress, how other women treated her and how their men treated her. She tells about her marriage to Joe DiMaggio, their honeymoon in Japan, her being ask to entertain the troops in Korea. This is where the book aburbtly ends. Marilyn was a tragic soul, but she was no dumb blonde. Contary to what many think, Marilyn was ...more
Katrina
Mar 21, 2012 Katrina rated it really liked it
From the starlet's own words come alive the story of this woman's sad beginnings. Written at the height of her career and during her marriage to Joe DiMaggio, her life seems to be filled with such promise. It is unfortunate to realize how those dreams tragically ended. These are revelations about the icon that I wish more people knew about, especially how so many misunderstood her. Excellent read if you want to know about Marilyn through her words..."Don't make a joke out of me"
Liliana
Apr 18, 2011 Liliana rated it it was amazing
Great book. If you want to know who Marilyn truly is, why not find out from the woman first hand. She's blunt and honest about who she is. No biography written after her passing could be more acurate.

Quick and easy read - unfortunately unfinished - which actually adds to the sadness and tragedy of Marilyn's life, her BIO unfinished as was her life.
Marielis
Jun 02, 2015 Marielis rated it really liked it
"People had a habit of looking at me as if I were some kind of a mirror instead of a person. They didn't see me, they saw their own lewd thoughts."- Marilyn Monroe


My Story es una autobiografía inconclusa de Marilyn Monroe. Aun así dentro de sus páginas se encuentra plasmado lo difícil que fue su vida y la lucha que llevo con Hollywood y los que la rodeaban para que vieran más allá de su físico. Lamentablemente por no estar terminada, nos quedamos con la pena de no saber más sobre su vida y pen
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Kayla
I had to read this book for class. I had problems with it even before I learned that there's been controversy over how much of this Marilyn possibly wrote and how much has been written by other authors, like Ben Hecht. There's no way of knowing how much of this 'autobiography' is Monroe's original words and how much is a persona that's been built for her by outsiders.

A lot of the story seems to pit Monroe against other ladies and much of the writing is simplistic. Perhaps this is made to make it
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Ashley
May 01, 2012 Ashley rated it really liked it
****4.5 stars!****
I thoroughly enjoyed reading My Story by Marilyn Monroe. I recently saw My Week with Marilyn and became more interested in her. There are multiple books written about Marilyn but I wanted to read an autobiography first.
Marilyn was a very misunderstood person; people took her quietness as her being full of herself when in fact she was just timid, nervous, and often times unsure of herself. Her looks and success intimitated outsiders and they chose to believe that she thought hi
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Ezzaoudi Ghalia
Apr 03, 2015 Ezzaoudi Ghalia rated it really liked it
Marilyn Monroe is one of the most famous woman in the world. She was an actress, model and singer. She was born in June 1926 and died in 1962. Her father was unknown and she was baptized as Norma Jeane Baker. She lived many years in foster homes because of her family situation. She married Jimmy Dougherty in 1942. She left to the South Pacific to fight in the world war II. She got her first big break when she was in the locals munitions factory in Burbank, California. Photographer David ...more
Sandra
May 12, 2012 Sandra rated it really liked it
Mi interés por Marilyn Monroe despertó mientras veía un documental en televisión. Era tarde y yo me encontraba en ese estado de duermevela en el que curiosamente todos los estímulos se graban en la memoria para siempre. El locutor decía que Marilyn en sus últimos años se había cansado de ser un objeto sexual y que sus grandes esfuerzos por convertirse en actriz empezaron a dar sus frutos cuando falleció. Y que siempre se había sentido muy sola.

Mientras escribo esto recuerdo una Nochevieja en mi
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La Mala ✌
Regrese a mis orígenes de estoy obsesionada con Marilyn Monroe , lo que en un principio (cuando tenia catorce años) era estoy obsesionada con Marilyn y Joe Dimaggio y luego estoy obsesionada con el misterio de la muerte de Monroe y ahora es solo Marilyn x Marilyn y todo lo que se haya escrito sobre ella .

Que mejor modo de conocerla que a traves de sus propias palabras . Una autobiografía inconclusa pero ciertamente triste sobre una mujer que nunca quiso ser un mero símbolo sexual .

Es muy d
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Sleepless
Mar 29, 2015 Sleepless rated it really liked it
In my mind, Marilyn Manroe has always been this ditzy sex symbol. I never actually knew much about her. After reading this, I found myself feeling empathy and sorry for my former thoughts. I wish I knew her. She sounds like an interesting person.

I found this book way more inspirational than I'd thought it would be. To say that you're beautiful after important people have said you're not isn't easy. It's admirable. It's also funny how they said she isn't photogenic, when nowadays people still se
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Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson; June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962) was an American actress, model, and singer, who became a major sex symbol, starring in a number of commercially successful motion pictures during the 1950s and early 1960s.

After spending much of her childhood in foster homes, Monroe began a career as a model, which led to a film contract in 1946 with Twentieth Century-Fox.
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