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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 publi...more
Hardcover, 185 pages
Published September 29th 2006 by Taylor Trade Publishing (first published May 1st 1974)
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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


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...more
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 nove...more
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...more
Aug 14, 2007 Miller04 rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who is a Marilyn fan
I am about half way through this book....its nothing exciting or 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.
Shellie (Layers of Thought)
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...more
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...more
Kristin Shafel Omiccioli
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...more
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 t...more
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 sma...more
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"
Sarah Cormier
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.
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...more
****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...more
Kelsey Rae
"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 Ma...more
Maritza Salas
This book is amazing. It talks about Marilyn Monroe’s childhood, career, and love life. The whole story is based on Marilyn Monroe’s perspective. She talks about how she used to be an orphan. She would serve those who had taken her in their home. Marilyn Monroe was like Cinderella. She faced many obstacles to reach fame. Many directors thought she was good for a part in a movie, but not good enough to be the star. They thought she was not photogenic. If you read this book, you’ll get to know the...more
Elizabeth Periale

Marilyn may have pumped up some of the pathos in her early life and Hecht may have cleaned up the text, but of all the books on Marilyn Monroe that I have read recently (and I have been reading a lot) this is the best. Is it the most well-written? Absolutely not. But does it come closest to capturing the woman who fifty years after her death is still an icon, a movie goddess? It actually does. So many of the other books, by authors good and not-so-good, ha...more
Carl Rollyson
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 interview...more
Living in an orphanage, Marilyn Monroe had a terrible childhood. Her mother had a kind of mental disease, and her father left them. She had been born “out of wedlock” and never heard her illegal father’s voice.

This book is an autobiography of Marilyn Monroe, since she got married to Joe DiMaggio. She expressed her experiences with Hollywood, her love life, her dreams and her work.
I love reading this book. Although she had a short life, she starred as if her publicity will never be forgotten.

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...more
It has been over fifty years since her death, but the name Marilyn Monroe lives on and her iconic image still brings in more revenue than most in our entertainment-oriented culture. Many have been intrigued with the woman behind the image. If you search on Goodreads, you can find hundreds of books about her or with her name in their titles.

This is the only one, in her voice, that discusses the Norma Jean who became Marilyn Monroe. Ben Hecht is credited as a co-author. It is a sad story of a girl...more
Taylor Bolls
My Story is a wonderful look inside the head of one of a legendary icon.
Many know Marilyn Monroe as a beautiful sex icon,but not the girl. In My Story, Marilyn Monroe tells of her childhood, rise to fame, and loves won and lost. The book is filled with humor, as well as sadness, giving it great emotional range.
My Story is a fantastic autobiography.
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.
Amanda Rizzo
This was intersting because it was from Marilyn's perspective. Whether is actually had been or not, I guess we'll never know. There are also many beautiful photos of Marilyn included in this book.
Simple. Beautiful. Simply beautiful. I would have loved to read a truly finished product as she had intended it; but, what is here is fabulous and honest.
I absolutely adored this book. I loved Monroe's writing style. It was quirky and original. I believed I could almost hear her speaking the words because there was so much personality in each sentence. I loved that it didn't appear to have been heavily edited. For example, it was clear that she's not a writer by trade and that this was her first attempt, but that's what made it a beautiful autobiography for me. I felt that after I read it I really had a sense for her as a person. I was wishing th...more
This is a long out-of-print book recently released with photographs by Milton H. Greene. It
Heather Elise
As a lover of Marilyn and an advocate for seeing "behind the sex symbol", finally getting my hands on her own autobiography was a treasure. I adored this - I read it within three days - because Marilyn's voice is so unique. It felt as if she could have been sitting across from me, telling me these vignettes about her life that, although short, said more about her than the 400+ page bio I read. I highly encourage anyone with any interest in Marilyn to read this. She was far more than she is portr...more
My Story is a first person account from Marilyn Monroe herself. The autobiography is not complete, however, as it only goes to about 1954 briefly after marrying Joe DiMaggio. Within its pages Marilyn comes through pretty clearly as a woman struggling to escape her past despite her role in the public eye. She seems to refer to her younger self, Norma Jean, as another individual within her who is often unhappy. The child within Marilyn Monroe was clearly in a bad place and inching closer and close...more
Daniel Freedman
This book is wonderful. You've heard a lot about Marilyn now learn it from her lips. She was a terribly lonely and mistreated child who was in nine foster families who got $5 a week for housing her. Her mother tried desperately to take care of her, but ended up in a mental institution. It looked bleak for Norma Jean until one day when she was fourteen, she wore a tight white sweater borrowed from her sister, to math class! Marilyn was born on that day. She was disarmingly truthful, as if there w...more
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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....more
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