Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

by Barbara Leaming
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Marilyn Monroe by Barbara Leaming

Barbara Leaming's Marilyn Monroe is a complex, sympathetic portrait that will totally change the way we view the most enduring icon of American sexuality. To those who think they have heard all there is to hear about Marilyn Monroe, think again. Leaming's book tells a brand-new tale of sexual, psychological, and political intrigue of the highest order. Told for the first time in all its complexity, this is a compelling portrait of a woman at the center of a drama with immensely high stakes, a drama in which the other players are some of the most fascinating characters from the world's of movies, theater, and politics. It is a book that shines a bright light on one of the most tumultuous, frightening, and exciting periods in American culture.
        
Basing her research on new interviews and on thousands of primary documents, including revealing letters by Arthur Miller, Elia Kazan, John Huston, Laurence Olivier, Tennessee Williams, Darryl Zanuck, Marilyn's psychiatrist Dr. Ralph Greenson, and many others, Leaming has reconstructed the tangles of betrayal in Marilyn's life. For the first time, a master storyteller has put together all of the pieces and told Marilyn's story with the intensity and drama it so richly deserves.
        
At the heart of this book is a sexual triangle and a riveting story of betrayal that has never been told before. You will come away filled with new respect for Marilyn's incredible courage, dignity, and loyalty, and an overwhelming sense of tragedy after witnessing Marilyn, powerless to overcome her demons, move inexorably to her own final, terrible betrayal of herself.
        
Marilyn Monroe is a book that will make you think--and will break your heart.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307557773
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 02/10/2010
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 697,516
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Barbara Leaming is the author of the New York Times best-seller Katharine Hepburn, as well as the much-acclaimed Orson Welles. She was for many years professor of theater and film at Hunter College. Her articles have appeared in Vanity Fair and The New York Times Magazine. She lives in Connecticut.


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Marilyn Monroe 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was interested in learning more about her life but I found this book dragged on talking more about the people surrounding Marilyn and their lives rather than hers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it is a great book to read if you wish to have a much deeper knowledge about Marilyn manroes life. It is well written and easy to follow. I would most certainly reccomend it to a friend. The author did a great job, by telling a very detailed story of her life. Just by reading the first few pages of it you are eager to find out mroe about her unpredictable life. reading this book is deffinatly a positive experience.
Guest More than 1 year ago
although this book doesn't talk about a whole lot of her childhood, it is very detailed in the rest of her life. it gives detailed occurences of most of the movies she made and detailed dilemas that she faced on a day-to-day basis. it also goes very in-depth about the people around her and her husbands. i would definitely recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so disappointed in this book. It's very dry, reads like a compilation of production notes from her movie sets plus newspaper articles, with a thesis thrown in on the writings of Arthur Miller and how his wife Marilyn influenced his work. The insights into Miller's writing is interesting, but you have to know that that's what you're in for before reading this book. Personally, I was in the mood for more Marilyn.
JanetSeattle More than 1 year ago
Very touching look at how Monroe struggled with self-esteem and apparent inherited mental illness. Gives her a much more substantive image - way more intelligence behind this sexy beauty than I ever realized.... Also an interesting look at other famous people during these times. Highly recommended for anyone aware of what was going on in the 50's - it will fill you in on a lot of what was happening behind the scenes....
Guest More than 1 year ago
This biography of Marilyn Monroe focused on a few certain subjects instead of focusing on all subjects in her life. The book talked a lot of about Marilyn's marriage with Arthur Miller, but not as much with Joe DiMaggio. It also talked about all of her accomplishments and also the affair she had with John F. Kennedy. It didn't explain much of her childhood and why she changed her name, and also how she got into the acting career which would have made the book better. I wish they would have talked about why her death is still a mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hello l just came form Paris and l am in cal what ls this is must be enjoyable right.
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AshleighKirkland More than 1 year ago
This book gave a really in depth look into Marilyn Monroe’s complicated, controversial life. I enjoyed and would recommend this book because I’ve always been interested in her and her role in Hollywood. My only complaint about this book is that it briefly mentions a ton of different people that make the reading a little hard to follow but not enough to distract from the context. What made me pick this book up was my ethnography project in English class and I am so glad it brought me to it. This book connects to my project because it is all about theater and even though Monroe was a film star, her life still highlights a lot of the real struggles theater and film people alike go through. They have to get to know the right people, like ,”Johnny Hyde who had the power to make Marilyn’s dream a reality”, struggle to be known, likeable, and stay relevant, and land the roles that will propel their career forward. Another connection is the yearning she and a lot of other actors feel growing up, “she had become completely absorbed by the fantasy of the movies – a world of glamor and beauty that bore no relation to her own existence.” Acting was her life raft through an unloving childhood that motivated her to become the icon everyone recognizes today. Over all, I really enjoyed this book and I have a new appreciation for her and any actor/actress for their persistence and dedication. 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very personal look at what it must have been like to be closely involved with Marilyn--her drug abuse, emotional dependency, paranoia. Still doesn't detract from the attraction she holds for us all, for some reason. She knew what she wanted to be from childhood, and she became that despite all her fears--one of the biggest fear was acting, ironically.
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YesBN More than 1 year ago
New insight into the relationship between Arthur Miller & Marilyn, absolutely falls flat for the last 8 months of her life. No energy & a terribly dull ending to the life story of a woman who still almost 50 years later generates interest. Her concensus that her dealth is a suicide and nothing more is a boorish way to end the book. Just decided to change my overall rating, as I rethink the writing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although the book was okay, it seemed to me that it focused too much around the circumstances and people surrounding the movies productions Marilyn was involved with. All of that seemed to be filler for a biography that doesn't offer much more than any other book about her.