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‘She did originate something. She was the first person I know of who was truly unconventional. She was a sixties person before it started—way before it started—like ten years.’ —ARTHUR MILLER
Marilyn Monroe Pictures ‘I saw that what she looked like was not what she really was, and what was going on inside was not what was going on outside, and that always means there may be something there to be worked with. It was almost as if she had been waiting for a button to be pushed, and when it was pushed a door opened and you saw a treasure of gold and jewels. She was engulfed in a mystic-like flame, like when you see Jesus at the Last Supper and there’s a halo around him. There was this great white light surrounding Marilyn.’ —LEE STRASBERG, MONROE'S ACTING TEACHER
‘Oh, yes, there is something there. She is a beautiful child. I don’t think she’s an actress at all, not in any traditional sense. What she has—this presence, this luminosity, this flickering intelligence— could never surface on the stage. It’s so fragile and subtle, it can only be caught by the camera. It’s like a hummingbird in flight; only a camera can freeze the poetry of it. But anyone who thinks this girl is simply another Harlow or harlot or whatever, is mad. I hope, I really pray, that she survives long enough to free the strange lovely talent that’s wandering through her like a jailed spirit…’ —CONSTANCE COLLIER, MONROE'S ACTING COACH
‘You’re right about her not being easy to know. One sees her with intensity—sees her more than one sees almost anyone; but then one discovers that that isn’t knowing her.’ —HENRY JAMES"The Wings of the Dove" ‘I can’t tell the whole story…Talk to Robert Kennedy.’ —DR RALPH GREENSON, MONROE’S PSYCHIATRIST
I have never been what one could call a Marilynophile. I've never owned a picture of her, quoted her or idolized her. But, one can always change. Or not. Still, funny what one book can do. It's not that I haven't read other biographies about her. Nor have I lived my life in a bubble, in a cave, on the moon or in a vacuum. Still, here I was, going about my life under the assumption I knew as much, if not more, about the iconic legend that is Marilyn Monroe as the next person. And what I was aware of was enough for me. Sure, I've seen her movies. Well, most of them. I think. I'll be honest, it's been awhile. I do seem to recall she had been raised in foster homes and was "discovered" at Schwab's Drugstore. I did know for a fact, as surely most people on the planet are, that she had been married to baseball legend Joe DiMaggio as well as New York playwright Arthur Miller. Yes, like millions of others I considered myself well-informed on the subject of her addictions; how her problems with drink and pharmaceuticals had set the stage for her downward spiral. I somehow "knew" (how? osmosis?) these addictions were prompted in part, by her "sensitive" and "insecure" nature. That the combination of her child-like nature along with her increasing need for more pills mixed with more booze led her to even more hurtful backlashes of promiscuity, leading to that never-ending cycle of "looking for love in all the wrong places," and it was this cycle that would prove so deadly a mix which led her to that final resting place in Westwood Memorial Park. [I didn't know that was her resting place. I learned that from the book ; ) ]Actually, that's alot to know about a person you never knew, a dead woman, dead before you even turned two, celebrity or no. Even this much, to me, seemed a little like "too much information." I admit I felt a little cheapened myself, even as I downloaded the book and began reading it. Now—I am big reader of biographies, don't get me wrong. Even, at times, ones on celebrities, though normally if that's the case, I'll opt for a memoir. Let them tell of their own life. Historical biographies interest me much more. But as I read the I introduction then delving further into the book, I realized that carrying out this kind of research to such a high degree, sparing nothing to obtain the highest accuracy possible partnered with his keen insight for detail was a painstaking process years in the making leading me to the conclusion that what Mr. Summers had written was indeed worthy of consideration as a historical document. I also realized there was much more behind the facade of blonde than certainly I had been aware of, I would not be surprised if I was the only one. Before the publishing of his book, "Goddess: The Secret Lives Of Marilyn Monroe," in 1982 with revisions in 1996, much of what Summers has documented here was at one time mere innuendo. Rumors are one thing—Fact quite another.
"...twenty years later, in 1982, the Los Angeles District Attorney reopened inquiries into a case that had never ceased to be the subject of rumor and controversy. His brief was limited. Was there sufficient evidence to open a criminal investigation? Could Monroe have been murdered? After four months the DA was advised that the evidence ‘fails to support any theory of criminal conduct.’ This, though, had been only a ‘threshold investigation.’ It was indeed; the investigators did not even interview the detective who attended the scene of the death[...]The 1982 report acknowledged that ‘factual discrepancies’ and ‘unanswered questions’ had surfaced during the Monroe inquiry. Privately, officials today make it clear that they felt they had stumbled into a morass of untruth and obfuscation. Marilyn Monroe may, they surmise, have died by her own hand. Yet they feel something was indeed covered up in 1962."
While Summers does not gloss over the hardship of her early years, neither does he re-hash events which are well documented elsewhere and have been for some time. "It was a time that the grown woman would never forget nor allow her public to ignore — ten foster homes, two years in the Los Angeles Orphans’ Home, another foster home, and finally four years with the guardian appointed by county authorities after her mother’s departure to an asylum." Her mother was kept confined to the institutions with what we would now call schizophrenia which led to a childhood filled with unhappy rounds of musical chair foster homes for the pretty, young, Norma Jean Baker. "Family life was virtually nonexsistent." It through one of these foster homes that her first marriage was arranged, when she was only fifteen. Norma Jean Baker:
After the decision had been made, Jim Dougherty, a friend of that family and Norma Jean were given a period of several weeks in which to "court', until she turned sixteen and more "mature" for marriage. Marilyn and Jim Dougherty
At first the young couple were happy but when WWII broke out and Dougherty joined up and had to join the ranks of his garrison away from his pretty, little, wife danger came 'o knocking in the quise of photographers. Soon her modeling book was chock full of dates, the curvaceous, vivacious Marilyn found herself in high demand in this era of pin-ups.A chance meeting in the lobby of Twentieth Century Fox with a man who would remain a life-long friend, (and he says, a secret husband for three days) prompted Marilyn's first screen test. The year was 1946, and the rest is history. ..**.. Two days later a movie camera turned its glass eye on Norma Jeane for the first time. Dressed in a sequined gown, teetering on high heels, she obeyed instructions to ‘walk across the set. Sit down. Light a cigarette. Put it out. Go upstage. Cross. Look out of a window. Sit down. Come downstage and exit.’ The cameraman, Leon Shamroy, would one day photograph Marilyn in There’s No Business Like Show Business. Now, as he looked at the rushes, he got a cold chill. ‘This girl,’ he was to say, ‘had something I hadn’t seen since silent pictures. She had a kind of fantastic beauty like Gloria Swanson … she got sex on a piece of film like Jean Harlow. … She was showing us she could sell emotions in pictures.’ Within a week Darryl Zanuck himself had seen the footage, enthused, and agreed that Norma Jeane Dougherty should be signed as a contract player, at $75 a week, to be reviewed in six months. Her weekly pay would then probably go up to $100. In 1947, at 21 years of age, having been rechristened Marilyn Monroe by actress Bebe Daniels, she made her first walk across a soundstage in the film "Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay!" She even made it out of the cutting room with one line. Well, word. "Hello." It was during this time she began her life-long quest for knowledge, becoming a voracious reader of works such as Freud, Wolfe, Keats, Joyce, Whitman and Sandburg. She held a special affinity for Abrahamn Lincoln, mind and body. One of the men who seemingly captured her heart, for she had certainly caught his was the seventy-something Joseph Schenck, one of the original founders of Twenthieth Century Fox. Which is not purely indicative of Marilyn's taste, seeing how she also fell for Charlie Chaplin Jr, who was the same age as she was, but thought to be, said Mrs. Chaplin, "really naive, not at all sophisticated, like a little country girl,"
"‘I got a call from Joe Schenck. He said, “I’m indebted to her, and if you can give her twenty-six weeks, I’d appreciate it.” I went to see Harry Cohn, and he said, “Well, if he needs it that bad, give it to him. Put the girl on.”’ Amy Greene, Marilyn’s close friend in the mid-fifties, said, ‘She did give me the impression she slept her way to her start.’ Marilyn talked of this time, said Greene, using an obvious allusion: ‘I spent a great deal of time on my knees.’ The final word on this subject should be Marilyn’s. When British writer W. J. Weatherby asked her whether the stories about the casting couch were true, she responded, ‘They can be. You can’t sleep your way into being a star, though. It takes much, much more. But it helps. A lot of actresses get their first chance that way. Most of the men are such horrors, they deserve all they can get out of them!’"
It was the following Spring that Marilyn was to find herself in the company of a woman who would go on to become one of the most important influences in her life. Natasha Lytess, a failed actress was currently the head drama coach at Columbia. She had fled Nazi persecution in Germany where she had worked under the great Max Reinhardt and a marriage to Bruno Frank, a novelist of some repute, certainly in left-wing circles. M.M. & Natasha Lytess Acting Coach#1_M.M. & Lee Strasberg Acting Coach#2 **[image error]**[image error]** "‘I was not impressed,’ Lytess said years later. ‘She was inhibited and cramped; she could not say a word freely. Her habit of speaking without using her lips was unnatural, obviously superimposed. Her voice was a piping sort of whimper.’ Rumors abound to this day regarding the nature of their relationship, as close as it was. Years later, Marilyn herself was quoted was saying, "‘People tried to make me into a lesbian. I laughed. No sex is wrong if there’s love in it.’ Earlier, speaking of her life in 1948, she said the sexual side of relations with men had so far been a disappointment. ‘Then it dawned on me,’ she said, ‘that other people — other women — were different than me. They could feel things I couldn’t. And when I started reading books I ran into the words “frigid,” “rejected,” and “lesbian.
At the Actors Studio, in NYC, Marilyn would appear in baggy sweater and jeans, without makeup, and seek out the most obscure place in the room. Actor Kevin McCarthy hardly noticed her at first, as they sat side by side watching a badly acted scene from Chekhov’s Three Sisters. When he did recognize her, he observed Marilyn’s disconcerting ability to switch her Monroe persona from ‘off’ to ‘on,’ from obscurity to the white light of Strasberg’s perception. ‘This tousled piece of humanity was sitting on my right,’ McCarthy remembered, ‘looking like nothing. Then, fifteen minutes later, after I’d interrupted the scene with some fairly rude comments, I looked again. I realized that a breathing, palpitating Marilyn Monroe had developed out of that nothing … I remember looking and thinking, “My God, it’s her” — she’d just come to life.’
The Many Faces Of Marilyn:
Marilyn with Joe DiMaggio:
......... Marilyn with Arthur Miller:
Marilyn with Marlon Brando:
Marilyn with Ronald Reagen
Marilyn with Robert Mitchum on set:
Marilyn with Clark Gable:
Marilyn with Lee Strasberg: (Acting Coach Two)
Marilyn With Johnny Hyde
The only surviving image captured by a lens of Marilyn with Bobby Kennedy, The Attorney General, along with Jack, his brother, The President Of The United States. Notice Harry Belafonte in the background:
Ratpackers ...*... Frank Sinatra with John F. Kennedy: [image error] The Kennedy Brothers:
Peter Lawford, his Kennedy wife Pat, Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe at Lawford's beach house, a few doors down from Marilyn's home:
Three Of The Last Friends To Talk With Her: Brando, Bolanos and Lawford Marlon Brando
Marilyn with José Bolanos:
Marilyn Monroe and José Bolaños Pictures Marilyn Monroe—Addict? Jilted Lover? National Security Risk? The Funeral—Her casket flanked by Joe DiMaggio who assumed the care and custody of Marilyn's body:
I love this book, having first read it back in '92-'93. It's still sitting right there on my shelf, despite having been pulled off several times for aI love this book, having first read it back in '92-'93. It's still sitting right there on my shelf, despite having been pulled off several times for a re-read. Complex? Uhmmm, not really. Big words? No bigger, certainly, than McCarthy. Ha! Not even close. No, just top of the line, grade A, "historical romance." If that. I'd call it much more myself. Susan Sontag is a writers writer. 5 Star caliber all the way....more