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Little known and long unavailable, this autobiography, written by actress and starlet Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962), describes her early adolescence, her rise in the film industry from bit player to celebrity, and her marriage to Joe DiMaggio.
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Published July 1st 1986 by Madison Books (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
Joe Valdez
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biographies
The story behind My Story, the only book credited to Marilyn Monroe, is beguiling as almost everything that has orbited the screen sex goddess since her death in 1962 at the age of 36. Published in 1974 by Stein and Day under the title The Unfinished Biography of Marilyn Monroe, the book is a collection of anecdotes by Monroe and Hollywood columnist Sidney Skolsky in 1954 to acclaimed screenwriter Ben Hecht, who'd been hired as ghostwriter on a Marilyn autobiography. Hecht's abandoned work was l ...more
Emad Attili


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
Ahmad Sharabiani
My Story, Marilyn Monroe
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: یازدهم دسامبر سال 2003 میلادی
عنوان: داستان من؛ عنوان دیگر: داستان زندگی مریلین مونرو به قلم خودش؛ نویسنده: مریلین مونرو؛ مترجم: مهداد ایرانی طلب؛ تهران، جاجرمی، 1381؛ در 277 ص؛ شابک: 9646766587؛ موضوع: سرگذشتنامه هنرپیشگان و بازیگران سینما - مریلین مونرو 1926 تا 1962 میلادی - ایالات متحده امریکا - قرن 20 م
عنوان: داستان من؛ نویسنده: مریلین مونرو؛ مترجم: معصومه عسگری؛ تهران، میلکان، 1395؛ در 182 ص؛ شابک: 9786007845332؛ موضوع: سرگذشتنامه هنرپیشگان و بازی
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

قصتي.....مارلين مونرو

من هي تلك الفاتنة؟ أهي مجرد أنثى جميلة تم تصديرها كواجهة للثقافة الأمريكية؟ أم ممثلة محدودة الموهبة لم تمتلك إلا فتنة طاغية؟ أهي عشيقة كينيدي المفضلة وزوجة الكاتب الشهير آرثر ميلر؟

أم إنها مجرد إمرأة امتلكت من الإمكانيات ما يضمن لها حياة مديدة،امتلكت الشهرة والسلطة والنفوذ وقلوب الرجال ما يجعلها ملكة موجة،ولكن مع كل ذلك ابتليت بعقل يفكر ولا يكتفي،ابتليت بنفس تطمح في الراحة،فلم تجدها في حياة مصطنعة مهما كانت مريحة وارتاحت بموت أشبه بهروب من ضجيج الحياة.

هذا الكتاب هو مارلين،الح
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite
.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
Oct 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Basim Mahmoud
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition

Ladies and Gentile men,

Marilyn Monroe finally speaks Arabic,

and The Master is: Basim Mahmoud

Sara Jesus
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, biografia
Nunca foi uma grande fã do trabalho de Marilyn como actriz. No entanto esta personalidade é uma das personalidades que mais me tem inspirado ao longo da minha curta vida. Pois ela foi capaz de lutar pelos seus sonhos, por mais que os outros dissessem que ela não podia.

Começou por ser modelo, depois actriz e actualmente é um ícone de moda para muitas gerações. O mundo só a valorizou realmente depois de ela ter morrido. Porque será que o ser humano só reconhece o talento dos verdadeiros artistas
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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داستان زندگی مریلین مونرو از زبان خودش که به قلم خودش نوشته شده و ده سال پس از مرگش منتشر شده. نورما جین، دختری که حاصل یه رابطه ی نامشروع بوده، پدرش هرگز اونو نپذیرفته، و مادرش هم به یه بیمارستان روانی منتقل شده، سال ها بعد تبدیل به جذاب ترین زن قرن بیستم میشه. تا پیش از رفتن مادرش به تیمارستان، در ازای پرداخت یه پول کم، خانواده های بی بضاعت اون رو به عنوان خدمتکار خودشون میپذیرن و در عوض اجازه میدن با اونا زندگی کنه. توی 9 سالگی بهش تجاوز میشه و توی 15 سالگی مجبور میشه به ازدواج تن بده تا مجبو ...more
Nov 25, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Supposedly written in her own words and published 10 years after her death in 1962, this is an unfinished account of some of the transitions Norma Jean Mortensen , who spent her childhood in a procession of foster homes and unyielding poverty made to become the Marilyn Monroe of legends. I haven't read much about Monroe, but still found her story to be tragic. Elton John's famous tribute to her story, Candle In The Wind likens her to a candle in the wind "never knowing who to turn to when the ra ...more
Aug 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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
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قصتي.. مارلين مونرو

مارلين مونرو مثال دائم على قسوة الوسط الفني، وصعوبة حياة النجومية والأضواء، امرأة فاتنة وذات شخصية طفولية، عاشت حياة صعبة جداً وفي فقر وجوع قبل أن تتحول إلى معشوقة الملايين وصديقة للرئيس الأمريكي جون كينيدي – نظريات المؤامرة تقترح أن جون وروبرت كينيدي كانا خلف مقتلها -، ولكن هذا كله لم يمنحها إلا شعور من التعاسة، وهذه حالة غريبة من عدم التوازن نجدها لدى بعض الفنانين والذين يسقطون تحت تأثير الكحول والمخدرات والعنف، هل هي ضغوطات العمل في بيئة تنافسية شرسة، النجومية فيها سريعة ا
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
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Shellie (Layers of Thought)
Mar 19, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-library-haves
I'll give two stars to this book mainly because there was no fine writing in it. The story is pretty predictable in some ways, but maybe because Marilyn's life inspired so many (now-cliché) stories in the first place. I got the feeling she was trying to explain herself in some parts, like she was talking to people who accused her of being a man-stealer. But I totally related to what she felt with all the Hollywood "wolves" and the fact that every one saw her as this flirty girl who was, in the e ...more
Dec 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-reads
“I didn’t mind being a goof if only he loved me. I felt when we were together that I walked in the gutter and he on the sidewalk. All I did was keep looking up to see if there was love in his eyes.”
Kristin Shafel
Jul 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Aug 14, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
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
Feb 22, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Jen Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ
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
Sarah Cormier
May 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Highly recommended. Heartbreaking, but well worth a read for its insight into how Marilyn Monroe felt about being 'Marilyn'. A relevant read in light of the spotlight currently on Hollywood's habitual poor treatment of women.
Aug 27, 2013 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 t ...more
Carl Rollyson
Jun 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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