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The thing about a tragedy is that its heroine isn't a victim--she's responsible for her fate. Leaming does scholarly spadework, digging up hard facts from sources like UCLA's 20th Century Fox collection and the diary-like first drafts of Arthur Miller's semiautobiographical work, and she makes sense of Monroe's motives. She even apparently solves Monroe's suicide with clues from the star's psychiatrist's letters in the Anna Freud collection. Her last overdose may have happened just because her shrink went to dinner with his wife and she felt abandoned.
But until pills killed her, Monroe wasn't a candle in the wind. She burned with ambition and knew how to craft a persona and play power games--with moguls and with the commie-busters hounding her husband Miller. Leaming plausibly analyzes the Miller-Monroe-Elia Kazan love/hate triangle, sizes up the Kennedy connection, busts her acting coach Lee Strasberg as "chillingly mercenary," and deftly shows just how her life entangled her art, film by film.
This book has a woman's touch: it's a work of sharp intellect and emotional insight unclouded by lust or star worship. --Tim Appelo --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
This was a different type of Marilyn book. It shows you all the in-behind-scenes that was going on regarding Marilyn's fights with Fox and her accomplishment by forming Marilyn... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Susan D. Roberts
Thirty-six years after Marilyn Monroe's death (at the age of 36), Leaming, prolific celebrity biographer, picks through the bones and neuroses of the ultimate Hollywood icon. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Pageturner in NYC
I adored and still do adore Marilyn! She reminded me of a lost child who never quite fit in no matter whose company she was in. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
In no way does this book deserve only 1-2 stars. I found this biography to be utterly engrossing from start to finish. Extremely factual and well researched. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Georgie Girl
Reading this book was very depressing. It seems that nothing was said about Marilyn's talent as an actress. She would seldom show up for work and when she did it was short lived. Read morePublished 5 months ago by L. J. Williams
Comprehensive and insightful about a lot of other famous people she interacted with. Interesting read.Published 6 months ago by SC
Laa I can say is that it was a great book and I enoyed it immensely/Published 6 months ago by Jan Garner