Marilyn : Her Life in Her Own Words : Marilyn Monroe's Revealing Last Words and Photographs

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On June 1, 1962, George Barris, internationally renowned photographer and journalist, arrived at the Hollywood movie set where Marilyn Monroe was making her last film, Something's Got to Give. It was Marilyn's thirty-sixth birthday and George Barris was assigned by a national magazine to photograph and interview her. Eight years earlier, Barris first met Marilyn while she was filming The Seven Year Itch in New York. They got on famously then and agreed to someday produce a picture book and autobiography together....
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On June 1, 1962, George Barris, internationally renowned photographer and journalist, arrived at the Hollywood movie set where Marilyn Monroe was making her last film, Something's Got to Give. It was Marilyn's thirty-sixth birthday and George Barris was assigned by a national magazine to photograph and interview her. Eight years earlier, Barris first met Marilyn while she was filming The Seven Year Itch in New York. They got on famously then and agreed to someday produce a picture book and autobiography together. Now the time had come for them to carry out Marilyn's dream. For the next six weeks, George Barris photographed Marilyn on the beach at Santa Monica and in a house in North Hollywood where she was unencumbered by makeup and artifice. During these sessions, she told him the story of her life. George Barris talked to Marilyn Monroe one more time, on Friday afternoon, August 3. During the days and nights that Barris saw her, she was exuberant, carefree, and eager to get on with her life. She was found dead on Saturday, August 4, less than twenty-four hours after Marilyn had phoned him. It is Barris's belief that she did not die by her own hand, intentionally or accidentally but was, in fact, murdered. The tragic news of Marilyn's death shocked the nation...and George Barris. For over thirty years, he kept from publication her complete story as she told it to him, and most of the photographs taken during that enchanting summer. Now, decades later, as he approaches his own final years, he believes it is time to share Marilyn's legacy with the world.

In the closest thing to a Marilyn autobiography, George Barris, who spent the summer of 1962 photographing Monroe for a national magazine feature, recounts his days and nights with the actress, recalling their carefree, unencumbered conversations, and her enthusiastic exuberance for life. The sexy, flirtatious, incredibly beautiful Marilyn Monroe comes alive again in 150 photos, many never before published.

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A Marilyn Monroe autobiography consisting of over 100 color and black-and-white photographs, and interviews conducted over a six week period two months before her death. Barris, a photographer and journalist, photographed Monroe at a Santa Monica beach and in her North Hollywood home while she related the details of her childhood, her career as an actress, and her aspirations for the future. Both words and pictures, many of which have never been published before, portray a highly energetic, funny, and beautiful survivor at the pinnacle of her success. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780806524535
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 6/1/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 166
  • Product dimensions: 9.18 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 0.45 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2006

    The other side of Marilyn Monroe

    Before reading this book, my knowledge of her life has been limited almost one-dimensional, if you will. I've always perceived Ms. Monroe as merely a body that (without trying very hard) exuded a deep sensuality which women tried hard to imitate and men couldn't resist even if they tried but that was all...until I read this book. I realized that she was more than a beautiful face. Marilyn Monroe was passionate, strong, intelligent, accepting, lonely, vulnerable, aware, spirited and funny. Through her voice and photos there was a child-like innocence surrounding her motivating her to be hopeful in life. I am pleased to say that I have a much deeper respect for Ms. Monroe.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2004

    Getting to Know Marilyn Monroe

    I read ¿Marilyn HER LIFE IN HER OWN WORDS¿ by George Barris. This book really made me feel as if I knew her myself. The book talks a lot about the struggles that she faced and how in the end she came out on top. It didn¿t just focus on her as an actress, model and well-known sex icon but on her as a normal person. George discussed how she was when she was at home, how she treated people and what she wanted in and out of life. The thing that I like the most about this book would have to be the way it was written. It was so well written and thought out that anyone could understand, relate, and get hooked on it. I felt as if I knew her and what she was going through, as if I had gone through the same challenges she had. I never thought that to be in showbiz you would have to work so hard to be successful. I always looked at it as an easy and fun job. In reality, it is just as hard, maybe even harder than any other job. Showbiz is actual hard work and not just fun. What I disliked the most about this book would have to be the fact that they didn¿t talk that much about her career when she was successful. Although there is a list of movie credits and appearances at the end of the book, they really didn¿t get as much into detail about her career as I would of liked to know. The book did talk about her making it and then not making it over again. And then the last time she made it and stayed and that¿s when she began staring in the movies instead of 60 second clips that she was known for before. Not only that but the book also talked a lot about her marriages. I personally didn¿t care to know as much about her marriages as they told and then so little about her career.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2012

    Loved loved the book! Could not put it down till I was done!

    Loved loved the book! Could not put it down till I was done!

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  • Posted October 31, 2011

    Read it

    It's a great read !

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