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Marilyn Monroe by Charles Casillo
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bookshelves: feminist-non-fiction, non-fiction

Marilyn Monroe is one of the most enchanting, interesting, intelligent and deeply troubled women to remain in the popular cultural zeitgeist, even half a century after her death. This intimate portrait of one of Hollywood's most influential women takes a grand, sweeping look at Marilyn from her birth and childhood as Norma Jean Baker to the transformation into the woman that anyone in the Western world could identify from a single picture.
What Casillo captures, and what perhaps makes this book feel like a much truer portrayal of Monroe, is how different she was to the popular image generated by her publicist. She was a truly unwell woman, struggling with mental illness and crippling self doubt, often that kept her from working to her full potential. From childhood, she looked to others to support her, to help her find someone she could trust. Her untimely death was the thorn in the rose bush that tore it apart.
I loved reading this book, intertwining personal anecdotes from friends and colleagues of Marilyn's, whilst providing a comprehensive history of her life, and I will certainly be using this in my upcoming thesis.
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Reading Progress

August 30, 2018 – Started Reading
August 30, 2018 – Shelved
August 31, 2018 –
August 31, 2018 – Finished Reading
November 6, 2018 – Shelved as: feminist-non-fiction
November 6, 2018 – Shelved as: non-fiction

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