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.
Comprehensive and insightful about a lot of other famous people she interacted with. Interesting read.Published 3 days ago by SC
Laa I can say is that it was a great book and I enoyed it immensely/Published 4 days ago by Jan Garner
she was a mess sad that they couldn't save her however got really too much into her husbands problems boring and too much dull readingPublished 18 days ago by tina bartlett
Really, really liked this book!! Told us done if the little day-2-day things about
Marilyn that most do not go into at depth!! Read more
Great book about a beautiful woman. It shows the demons she fought her entire life and makes you feel really sorry that someone who wanted to be loved more than anything else could... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gingerpk
I've read many books about Marilyn Monroe, this was one of the best! I would recommend it to any Marilyn fan.Published 1 month ago by Kelly Gray
What really bothered me about this book is that the preface lists scores of photographs - with attributions and citations - that appear in the book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Clint Bradford