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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810995875
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810995871
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 8.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lois Banner is professor of history and gender studies at USC. She is the author of numerous biographies and studies of women, including the classic American BeautyMark Anderson is an internationally known editorial and commercial photographer. He has contributed to domestic and international editions of Vanity Fair, Elle, Esquire, and Vogue.


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Book briefly goes over Marilyn's life in very objective way.
konacoffee
I really enjoyed the way this book was layed out via pieces of paper throughout Marilyn's life.
Frank Ferruccio
Lots of beautiful photos, and actual copies of letters, etc.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Joe, The on February 18, 2011
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This is certainly one of the most unique books on Marilyn in many years. It is akin to the Christie auction catalog and Clark Kidder's books on her cover appearances. Recently another book was published that contained several replicas of documents coming from Marilyn's life but this book by Lois Banner blows all others out of the water. I don't have the energy to make an actual count but in this book's 336 pages there are photos of documents that span her life and career, not to mention a great many new and unseen photos. This book will remain the pinnacle of Marilyn Memorabilia for many years. I can't imagine what could possibly dethrone this marvel. Perhaps, the red diary???

There is very little narrative, but what is there is clear and precise. This is not a book that glorifies the author's knowledge of Marilyn's life, as so many books have been in the past, but one that simply presents those mundane everyday pieces of paper that anyone could relate to and see that dear Marilyn was no different than anyone else. She bought food, bought furniture, signed checks, wrote letters and tried to live her life with as little complication as possible. But the world did not let her have a simple life. We can just enjoy these slowly decomposing paper records of someone that will live forever.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Disgruntled on May 31, 2011
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If you are a Marilyn fan, you have to get this book. Great stuff you've never seen before, a lot of personal mementos.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Los Angeles on May 1, 2011
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Historian Banner and photographer Anderson comprise a terrific team. The story of how their collaboration came about itself makes for fascinating reading. Of course, if you are a lover of Marilyn and insatiably curious about her life, this book will be difficult to put down.
I attended the local book signing held at "Book Soup" on the Sunset Strip, and what a memorable experience that was. Besides the engaging background stories told by collaborators Banner and Anderson, a talented Marilyn impersonator attended to lend a bit of show-biz flair to the occasion.

I heartily recommend purchasing this book. Ms. Banner's in-depth research over a period of 10 years provides the reader with never-before seen slices of Marilyn's life told through her personal archives. Word from Ms. Banner is, she has sufficient material from her research to write another book to further explore facets of Marilyn's life...and the mysteries behind her death. Ms. Banner promises that this next undertaking won't take a decade to produce. That's good news for anyone who is enthraled with the subject.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M. Wigh on February 24, 2011
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Respectful, insightful. It is clear the author did her homework and opens the book with the interesting background story of Inez Melson, Marilyn's early business manager, and the two file cabinets containing the thousands of items photographed for this book. There are surprises here (Marilyn owned two parakeets?) and a few rare unpublished photos of Marilyn among the many photos of all the documents.

The book is neither exploitive nor sensationalized. What more could you ask for? A must have for a Marilyn fan. I highly recommend this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By PaintLady on February 4, 2012
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I give the book 5 big stars, packaging, 1 star. The book was inside a big box just being beat around, and the dust jacket got banged up pretty bad. This wouldn't have happened had it been bubble wrapped, or just somehing wrapped around the book. BUT the book IS phenomenal!!!! Beautiful! Lots of personal things about Marilyn, and her life!!! Can't recommend enough to anyone with interest in Marilyn's life! Lots of beautiful photos, and actual copies of letters, etc.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By NHMovieLover on October 18, 2011
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I have been in love with Marilyn for over 30 years now and collect many things with her and I have to say even this book had things that i have never seen before. Its a tresure trove of never before seen photos and personal items that even I haven't seen before. Though I haven't had the time to actually read this book I must say just glancing threw it is worth every penny. I thoroughly enjoyed this book thus far and will for many years to come.....
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Frank Ferruccio on February 23, 2011
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I really enjoyed the way this book was layed out via pieces of paper throughout Marilyn's life. What a great and different concept, with great pictures! This is a must have for Monroe fans. Pure Enjoyment!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Susan on August 9, 2011
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Nice book. All the receipts and such got a bit much. Other then that, the book was an excellent read.
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