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 book makes me feel that Marilyn did not get a fair shake in this world.
And, as a reader previously mentioned, there are no filmography and bibliography in the book, making it less informative and undesirable for quick reference.
Leaming gives the impression that, because Arthur Miller does not figure into this part of Marilyn's story, she has no interest in exploring it.
Arrived during appropriate time frame. However cover had noticeable wear and fraying. Otherwise book was in shape described.Published 23 days ago by Stephanie
am reading it. i don't agree with the ending. but i enjoyed reading the book.Published 3 months ago by Simone Gad
Loved this book! It had information in it that I never knew about Marilyn and reveals how life for her was complicated.Published 6 months ago by Angela Anderson
If you ever wanted to know ALL about Arthur Miller, this is your book. Why its called Marilyn Monroe instead of Arthur Miller I have know idea. Marilyn's name sells more books? Read morePublished 14 months ago by The_ManTrap
This story reads slow and is a bit dry on parts. It shows Miss Monroe in a whole new light. I always considered her to be a weak, fragile soul who needed attention so badly she... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Claidia
I gave this book two stars and I'll explain why. Upon reading this book there were several times where I had to look at the front cover to make sure I was reading a book on Marilyn... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Shelby08
I learned that Marilyn Monroe's life and motivations were much more complex than I ever realized. Through the story of her life, the reader also relives the story of Hollywood, New... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Lisa Sockett
Ms. Leaming takes a very active interest in Arthur Miller and one would think this biography was about him with a little Marilyn sprinkled in, I also was offended by the authors... Read morePublished 20 months ago by vanessa b.