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Little known and long unavailable, this autobiography, written by actress and starlet Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962), describes her early adolescence, her rise in the film industry from bit player to celebrity, and her marriage to Joe DiMaggio.
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Little known and long unavailable, this autobiography, written by actress and starlet Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962), describes her early adolescence, her rise in the film industry from bit player to celebrity, and her marriage to Joe DiMaggio.
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Though now dead longer than she was alive, Monroe continues to captivate and hypnotize. Released in 1974, a dozen years after her apparent suicide, this book is attributed to Monroe, although she had help from her friend Oscar-winning screenwriter Ben Hecht. Monroe offers biographical material as well as dirt on fellow Hollywood stars. Best to take some of this with a grain of salt but good fun nonetheless. Monroe's legions of fans will keep this one circulating. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780812821123
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/1974

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2007

    A reviewer

    this is a great book to read. when u read it it sounds like she tell u her life story...its great...if u want to read a book that tells her life read this....

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2011

    Poor Marilyn

    I had no idea she had such an awful childhood & teen yrs. Later on in the book she goes into her thoughts about love & men. Nothing revealing here. No notes on the Kennedy's, the pictures included in the book are beautiful, she was gorgeous.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2001

    Marilyn Monroe...a story of a lost soul

    There has been a debate as to whether this book was truly written by Marilyn Monroe. In my heart I believe that it is true autobiographical representation. It is truly a heart-wrenching story of a lost soul who deserved so much more in her life. All Marilyn craved was love. From the time that her mother was admitted into a mental institution Marilyn was sent back and forth from an orphanage to several foster homes. She didn't feel like she belonged anywhere. What a lonely existence that surrounded her!! She didn't have 'a constant' in her life. The book chronicles a few of the different foster homes she went into, a young marriage that was destined for breakup considering one of the reasons she went into it was that she would be removed from foster care at the ripe age of 16. It shows the transformation from Norma Jean to Marilyn Monroe - the legend. The book narrates the ups and downs of Hollywood, movie producers, and studios. Marilyn tells of how her beaus constantly criticized her and how it affected her. With all of her fame and legendary stardom, Marilyn suffered from lonliness and had low self-esteem. This book goes as far her second marriage to Joe DiMaggio. That is the only disappointing part of it because you crave more. Other than that the book was a wonderful and easy read and allowed you inside of Marilyn's mind and heart.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2014

    The autobiography I read was My Story written by Marilyn Monroe

    The autobiography I read was My Story written by Marilyn Monroe. I would overall give this book 4.5 stars. All of the words in this story came from the aspiring actress Marilyn Monroe herself. Marilyn told us what her past was like. She could tell us what she saw through a frightened orphan child’s eyes. She could then bring up how she transforms into a well-known actress. However, I did not like how the book ended so abruptly. It had no purpose in ending, and it seemed as though Marilyn was tired of writing her story. Even though there are some minor flaws, I do recommend this book to anyone who looks up to Marilyn Monroe. It tells how she tried and failed several times to become the actress we all know today. Marilyn does a great job detailing every moment of her life. Her words can cause emotions to course through you. Sadness comes when she has her first heartbreak, the loss of not having a stable mother, and being turned down by big companies. Happiness is also one of the emotions shown. She speaks of her Aunt Grace being her best friend, finding true love, and following her dreams. This book is a good choice if you would like to know Marilyn’s true story. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    People people

    Let her RIP- REST IN PEACE I WOULD ALWAYS WANT TO KNOW what really happened to her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2014

    Lend Lend?

    Anyone willing to lend me this? New to nook life!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2013

    Anyone

    Anyone willing to lend me this book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 4, 2011

    Wonderful

    A truly poignant look into her life. You can hear her voice throughout the book. The spirit of this complex and interesting woman is captured on every page. The photographs are beautiful and the book does great justice to Marilyn Monroe's humanity.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2010

    Amazing.

    This book gives her side of the story. Marilyn Monroe is like no one else. She saw things differently. If you are a fan of her i would suggest this book to you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2005

    Wonderful<33

    The title says it all. The wording is beautiful & very discriptive. It explains almost every thought & every moment of her life. Seeing how it is writen by the her herself, along with a new introduction by: Andrea Dworkin. Well done.<33

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2004

    WOW!!

    I think that this book helped to show how much hardship it took to get her to be who she was. This book showed how much she got through life even though life for her looked pretty much decided by a worse fate then what she got. This book was throughly enjoyable with its great background information with a narration that is truly different then any other writer who could have written about her. This is marilyn at its finest. If you want to know about her opinion, read this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2003

    Outstanding

    This book portrays a life of angst and despair, but a truly heartwarming experience to read. This captivating women lead a life idolized and pittied upon, but her life was never as glamorous as people would like to believe. She fully deserves better than she ended up with. Her life was more valueable and loved by the people around her then to herself. Yet her life was short and was long ago, we all still fancy the sights of her al well as her well done and humorous performances. She is truly an amazing icon, and this book shows her hardships to get were she struggled to go.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2001

    Sad Reflections of Lonely Little Girl and Woman

    There is a lot of disagreement about the authenticity of this material. Because of that, I have rated the book as three stars . . . to reflect not giving it a rating. I simply cannot tell if the book is authentic or not. If it is authentic, it reflects either someone living in a nightmare world or has been too heavily rewritten. Perhaps we will never know for sure. Whether you read the book as Ms. Monroe's own words about the truth of her life, or as a fictionalized account of her life by her or someone else, you will be seared by the loneliness and desolation depicted. About being seven the book says, 'I thought the people I lived with were my parents.' 'My mother . . . was the pretty woman [who sometimes visited] who never smiled.' The new introduction by Andrea Dworkin is marvelous for summarizing the book. 'This memoir, the authorship of which is in some dispute, tells the childhod story of the world's loneliest orphan.' She nicely captures the most emotionally wrenching moments in the book. Ms. Dworkin goes on to say, 'I miss Marilyn. I wish I had known her.' From the point of view of the story, the book can be divided into three parts. First is the young Norma Jean growing up in foster homes. Second is the young adult trying to get work in motion pictures. Third is the beginning of a star's career. The book abruptly ends while Ms. Monroe is recounting her entertaining of U.S. troops in Korea during her honeymoon with Joe DiMaggio. Ms. Monroe never knew her father except by a photograph her mother showed her. Ms. Monroe's mother could not afford to raise her, and eventually was committed to a mental institution -- a problem that many people in her family had experienced. Ms. Monroe was raised like an orphan even though a family friend adopted her. Her poverty dogged her well into her twenties. 'I often felt lonely and wanted to die.' Many such statements occur in the book, heavily foreshadowing Ms. Monroe early death. Initially, her foster home status and pitiful clothes during the Depression set Ms. Monroe apart. No one wanted to associate with her. She tells the story of how one day she borrowed a too small sweater from a 'step sister' and created a commotion with the boys in class due to her developing figure. From then on, she was apart because of the powerful physical attraction her appearance created for many men and the threat she represented to many women. She tells stories of being molested and of receiving many unwanted and inappropriate advances while young. Her escape from all this was a marriage as a young teenager. The marriage did not work, but it got her out of the foster homes. At that point, she no longer considered herself as being Norma Jean, even though she would later revert to that personna at times when she craved attention. Being an aspiring starlet mainly meant being hungry and fighting off the casting couch. There are several stories here about opportunities she had to marry wealthy men she did not love, that seem like day dreams rather than reality. Who knows? Undoubtedly, she received unwanted attention even more now. The book contains many black-and-white and color photographs that display an unusually attractive young

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