Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

eBook - 1998
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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.

From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Three Tree Press, [1998]
Edition: 1st pbk. ed.
Copyright Date: ©1998
ISBN: 9780307557773

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Jun 12, 2015

This is a thinly disguised hatchet job on Marilyn Monroe. It would appear that the author's real reason in writing the book was to restore the tarnished reputation of the Kennedy brothers (as if JFK & RFK ever did have a good reputation regarding their treatment of women in general and Marilyn in particular).
Leaming also tries to defend Ralph Greenson, the psychiatrist who violated ethical standards in doctor-patient relationships and could very well be the man most responsible for the untimely death of Marilyn.
Shame on Leaming: how can you write a book about Marilyn without even including a single quote from her. Marilyn had a wonderful and refreshing sense of humour and always came up with brilliant original lines and great quotes.
I put no stock in this abominable travesty and instead suggest readers research the work and writings of John W. Miner. He was a highly respected attorney; forensic pathologist; Los Angeles deputy district attorney and the man who investigated the death of Marilyn Monroe.

Jul 26, 2013

While I enjoyed this biography, it seemed very heavily focused on her career.


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