My Sister Marilyn:A Memoir of Marilyn Monroe

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The first time Berniece Miracle saw Norma Jeane's face was in a blurry junior high school portrait that came with a letter from this sister she'd never known. She kept the letter, and she kept the photo of the pretty twelve-year-old face. Before long, it would be the most famous face in the world. Yes, Marilyn Monroe had a sister. And in My Sister Marilyn, Berniece Baker Miracle tells the story you've never heard before: the story of the private person rather than of the calendar girl - of Marilyn the sister, of ...
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The first time Berniece Miracle saw Norma Jeane's face was in a blurry junior high school portrait that came with a letter from this sister she'd never known. She kept the letter, and she kept the photo of the pretty twelve-year-old face. Before long, it would be the most famous face in the world. Yes, Marilyn Monroe had a sister. And in My Sister Marilyn, Berniece Baker Miracle tells the story you've never heard before: the story of the private person rather than of the calendar girl - of Marilyn the sister, of Marilyn the daughter, of Marilyn the aunt. Berniece and Marilyn had different fathers but the same mother, whose mental illness affected both their lives. The sisters grew up seven years and a continent apart - Marilyn (then Norma Jeane) in the care of her mother's California friends; Berniece with her father's family in Kentucky. Not until Berniece was nineteen and Norma Jeane twelve did the two sisters learn of each other. It was during the final years of the Depression, and at first neither could afford the cross-country trip to meet in person. So Berniece and Norma Jeane exchanged letters, photographs, and phone calls, forging a lasting bond. Their relationship continued, with letters and visits even after Marilyn's fame made this difficult. Berniece and her daughter, Mona Rae, treasured their time spent with this beautiful young woman just starting her modeling and acting career. When Marilyn died in 1962, it was Berniece who flew to California to help Joe DiMaggio with the funeral arrangements, even picking out the dress Marilyn was buried in. In My Sister Marilyn, Berniece Baker Miracle and Mona Rae Miracle share memories of their famous relative - a story they have kept private since the early days of Marilyn's fame - and forty-two photographs and letters, most of which are published here for the first time. Their book is unlike what we have come to expect in a celebrity biography. Their purpose is the opposite of sensationalism: they want Maril

Few people know that Marilyn Monroe had a sister, and even fewer know the story of their 25-year-long relationship. Berniece and Norma Jeane were half sisters who learned of each other when Berniece was 19 and Norma Jeane was 12. They began a relationship that lasted until Marilyn's death in 1962. Features never-before-published photos and letters.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595276714
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/23/2003
  • Edition number: 0
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 0.77 (d)

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  • Posted December 31, 2011

    Enjoyed

    From a second cousin's point of view, It's nice to finly know the truth. Not just hype to make money off a star but real life from a half sister.

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  • Posted June 17, 2011

    Pictures make it worth the money...

    Really nice photos I had never seen of the young Marilyn. The text wanders a bit and could have been better with some good editing. Marilyn fans will forgive the flaws and add this to their collection. The vulnerable Norma Jeane shines through looking for approval and validation...a legend in the making!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2002

    Honest and Refreshing

    This is, without question, the best book I have read on Ms. Monroe. It is touching, straight forward, and to the point. Marilyn was a person with a tender heart, caught up in the world of money and show buisness. There are very few thrills and chills here. It is the emotional, honest recollection that a family has about this remarkable woman. You will fall in love with her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 1999

    Touching and informative!

    This book really was something else! It was such a good book that I read it twice--It was really great to read a book about Marilyn without all those bells and whistles. Marilyn's half-sister, Bernice, and Marilyn's niece, Mona Rae, really touched a spot that so few others who have claimed to 'know' Marilyn have.

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