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Marilyn Monroe

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The classic book on Marilyn Monroe, written during her lifetime and partially based on interviews with the actress herself, now illustrated and brought up to date. Originally published in 1960, Zolotow's book was the first to take Marilyn seriously as an actress at a time when she was thought to be just an eccentric, gorgeous blonde. 16 pages of photographs.
Paperback, 359 pages
Published April 1st 1990 by Harper Perennial (first published 1990)
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Samantha Glasser
Mar 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Maurice Zolotow wrote one of the first biographies about Marilyn Monroe; it was published during her lifetime. He used various sources from friends and family to Monroe herself. Surprisingly, not much of the information has changed since the years after her death, so this is a very reliable source. He captures Monroe's life in and out of foster homes as a girl, her first marriage to Jim Dougherty, her start in Hollywood, fame, her marriage to Joe DiMaggio, her transition to New York, and her mar ...more
May 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Yes finally finished a book...! The actual story of Marilyn Monroe is really interesting, and there were a lot of interesting facts about her in this book, but overall it wasn't written very well. The author seemed to be kind of infatuated with her and what annoyed me the most was that the book ended after her third marriage failed. It didn't go into her supposed affair with JFK or even her death! I guess I did pick this up on sale at Samuel French.. but still, it was kind of disappointing in th ...more
Tom Schulte
Jul 02, 2011 rated it liked it
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I enjoyed re-reading this Monroe biography. Obviously part hagiography, it still displays a more complex, interesting individual than the two-dimensional celluloid shadow that had come down to us. I am sure a competent psychiatrist would find grist for the motivation mill in the fleeing bio-dad, the orphanage and the instiutionalized mother. I appreciated the intellectual desire Marilyn expressed in her constant reading, but it certainly appears her body wrote checks her mind couldn't cash.
Jun 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
This books seems to take a look at Marilyn - for Marilyn, not what the Hollywood world wants you to know about Marilyn. Written and published prior to her death, there is none of that to weight the story down as well. This was a great jumping off point in the lesson of the lady that was Marilyn Monroe.
Cindy Bokma
Jul 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I used to read and reread the library copy over and over. Once I ripped out a photo of Marilyn so I could keep it!
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Great Book.. I was lucky enough to have purchased the first edition..
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