My Sister Marilyn: A Memoir of Marilyn Monroe

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Few people know that Marilyn Monroe had a sister, and even fewer know the story of their relationship during Marilyn's rise from obscurity to fame. In MY SISTER MARILYN, Berniece Baker Miracle, working with her daughter Mona Rae, tells the story she has kept private for fifty years. The book includes more than forty photographs of Marilyn and her family and friends. "This portrait of Marilyn is irreplaceable."--Entertainment Weekly. A LITERARY GUILD SELECTION.

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Few people know that Marilyn Monroe had a sister, and even fewer know the story of their relationship during Marilyn's rise from obscurity to fame. In MY SISTER MARILYN, Berniece Baker Miracle, working with her daughter Mona Rae, tells the story she has kept private for fifty years. The book includes more than forty photographs of Marilyn and her family and friends. "This portrait of Marilyn is irreplaceable."--Entertainment Weekly. A LITERARY GUILD SELECTION.

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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Ilene Cooper
One can hardly blame the cynical reader for eying a new biography of Marilyn Monroe and thinking, "Right, I'm sure there are some things we don't know about "her"." In fact, this biography, written by Monroe's half-sister, Berniece Baker Miracle, and Miracle's daughter, isn't really a biography of Marilyn Monroe at all. No, it's a biography of Norma Jeane Baker, and there turns out to be plenty we don't know about "her". Berniece and Norma Jeane were half-sisters, born seven years apart to their mother, Gladys, who eventually would be diagnosed as schizophrenic. At her father's insistence, Berniece lived with him from age four; Gladys' mental breakdown necessitated Norma Jeane's stay with several foster families. The girls did not learn of each other until Berniece was 19 and Norma Jeane 12. But once each did discover the existence of the other, they stayed in close contact--both before and after Norma Jeane became MM--writing letters (many of which are reproduced here), visiting, and just being family. Without disclosing a lot of dirty laundry, this is a deeply intimate book, one that makes Monroe come alive more fully than the earlier tell-alls that focused on her acting career. Both through her own letters, and in her sister's reminiscences, Monroe emerges not merely as a troubled star but as a woman concerned throughout her life with family, a warm and vulnerable woman eager to maintain a relationship with those who care about her. To be illustrated with photographs from the Miracles' personal collection.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565120709
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
  • Publication date: 1/6/1994
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 238
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 7.79 (h) x 1.01 (d)

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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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