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In this sensitive, provocative portrait of Marilyn Monroe, Gloria Steinem reveals the woman behind the myth--the child Norma Jean--and the forces in America that shaped her into the fantasy and icon that has never died. 16 pages of full-color photos.
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In this sensitive, provocative portrait of Marilyn Monroe, Gloria Steinem reveals the woman behind the myth--the child Norma Jean--and the forces in America that shaped her into the fantasy and icon that has never died. 16 pages of full-color photos.
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This latest in the flood of books about Marilyn Monroe comes from feminist-journalist Steinem. Steinem admits that as a teenager she walked out on the movie Gentlemen Prefer Blondes because she was embarrassed at Monroe's performance/persona. Now admiring of her subject, Steinem spends little time on Monroe's films but instead concentrates on her personality, believing it, along with her appearance, to be responsible for her status as a cultural icon. Occasionally Steinem's prose is too purple, but for the most part the book serves well as an even-handed introduction to the Monroe phenomenon. Barris's numerous photographs are attractive but somewhat repetitious, as they apparently were taken at just a few sessions. Fortunately, some photos from additional sources are used to depict other aspects of Monroe's life. John Smothers, Monmouth Cty. Lib., Freehold, N.J.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781567311259
  • Publisher: MJF Books
  • Publication date: 8/15/1996
  • Pages: 182
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 11.19 (h) x 0.74 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 1999

    A woman's view of Marilyn.

    Gloria Steinem gives a very touching view on the life of Marilyn Monroe. George Barris contributes photos--The last photos ever taken of Marilyn Monroe professionally. I truly enjoyed this book (I own the older hard back), and always recommend this to anyone who is just learning about Marilyn, as well as someone who enjoys beautiful pictures of Marilyn.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2004

    Not just another tabletop book-

    I expected a photo book. I took a long time to read Ms. Steinem's text. When I did, the text brought insights that I never expected. Steinhem allows us to have a fresh look at a woman brought down by the age she lived in, not just by drugs and liquor.

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