Marilyn Monroe: The Personal Archives

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Fifty years after her untimely death, Marilyn Monroe continues to attract attention as an ongoing focus of interest and controversy. In this brand-new book, film historian Cindy De La Hoz gives Marilyn's countless fans a dramatic biography, and supplements it with 20 rare and removable facsimile documents that mark important events in the actress's life. The biography begins with the birth of Norma Jeane Mortensen in 1926, then describes her unstable family background, her childhood spent in an orphanage and ...
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Overview


Fifty years after her untimely death, Marilyn Monroe continues to attract attention as an ongoing focus of interest and controversy. In this brand-new book, film historian Cindy De La Hoz gives Marilyn's countless fans a dramatic biography, and supplements it with 20 rare and removable facsimile documents that mark important events in the actress's life. The biography begins with the birth of Norma Jeane Mortensen in 1926, then describes her unstable family background, her childhood spent in an orphanage and foster homes, her early career as a photographer's model, her 1946 contract with Twentieth Century-Fox, her rise to movie stardom, and her important films, including Some Like It Hot and The Misfits. Also described are Marilyn's several marriages, her emotional troubles, and her sudden, mysterious death on August 5, 1962. Among the facsimile documents included with the book are--
  • Marilyn Monroe's personal script for her film, Niagara
  • Airline tickets for Aug. 27, 1950, the day Marilyn and a companion traveled a to a hospital where she checked in for treatment, following a nervous breakdown
  • The contact sheet for Marilyn's last modeling shoot
  • A handwritten note written by Marilyn to Joe DiMaggio
  • The divorce certificate between Joe DiMaggio and Norma Jeane . . . and more


Marilyn Monroe: The Personal Archives
uncovers the private life and lays bare the conflicting dreams and emotions of one of the twentieth century's most memorable film stars. Marilyn Monroe's legendary true story is supplemented with approximately 170 stunning photos in color and black and white.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Devoted Monroe fans will snap to attention when this book hits the stores. Featuring extensive photos, De La Hoz (Marilyn Monroe: A Platinum Fox) begins with Norma Jeane's rocky childhood with mother Gladys, her father's identity unknown. The girl who would become Marilyn remembers growing up as a difficult time, "never quite good enough in her behavior and thoughts." She married at 16, but divorced a year later when she signed with Fox, the studio insisting that they didn't think marriage would improve her image. The rest, as they say, is history. De La Hoz includes highlights that even casual Monroe admirers will recognize: her marriages to Joe DiMaggio and Arthur Miller; the filming of The Seven Year Itch and Some Like It Hot; and her memorable rendition of "Happy Birthday" for JFK. Meanwhile, the photos show the star at her pinnacle. To carry out the "scrapbook" theme, De La Hoz includes four pocket sections stuffed with "facsimiles," with documents including Monroe's 1945 model release to her divorce certificate from Joe DiMaggio, the license for her beloved dog Hugo, and a final invoice for psychoanalysis. Readers will find these additions either fascinating or creepy. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764164606
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2011
  • Pages: 108
  • Sales rank: 764,790
  • Product dimensions: 10.40 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Cindy De La Hoz is a film historian who has written extensively on cinema and legendary cinematic figures, including Grace Kelly, Lana Turner, and others.
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