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Marilyn & Me: A Photographer's Memories Hardcover – Deckle Edge, May 29, 2012
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"With the precision of a surgeon, Schiller slices through the façade of Marilyn Monroe in his unflinching memoir. Revealing and readable, it’s a book I couldn’t put down."
"In this short, splendid memoir, Lawrence Schiller offers us another cut on the scintillating diamond that is Marilyn Monroe. In clear honest straightforward prose, Schiller allows us to dwell in the heart of another time. He captures Marilyn, both in photographs and words, and in so doing he gives us intimate access into one of the great stories of the 20th century: the complicated cocktail of joy and sadness that goes along with both beauty and fame."
About the Author
Lawrence Schiller began his career as a photojournalist for Life, Newsweek, and Paris Match, among other periodicals, photographing some of the most iconic figures of the 1960s, from Marilyn Monroe to Lee Harvey Oswald to Robert F. Kennedy; from Ali and Foreman to Redford and Newman. The author of four New York Times bestselling books, including American Tragedy, his many collaborations include Norman Mailer’s Pulitzer Prize–winning book The Executioner’s Song. He has also directed and produced motion pictures and television miniseries, which have garnered an Oscar and seven Emmys. Schiller has been a consultant to NBC News and has written for The New Yorker, The Daily Beast, and other publications. In 2008, he co-founded The Norman Mailer Center and the Norman Mailer Writers Colony in Provincetown, Massachusetts. He has five children and five grandchildren. Marilyn & Me is his eleventh book.
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Schiller worked with her on two memorable occasions which this book documents. Despite it's short length, it is probably one of the most three-dimensional depictions of Marilyn that I have ever read. In their brief conversations, Schiller is able to flesh out the many sides of Marilyn...both good and bad. You can see the negatives and positives of her entourage and friends. Without delving into unsubstantiated conspiracy theories, Schiller is able to give the facts that he knew personally and leaves the rest up to the reader. Marilyn was a somewhat complex character; thanks to this book, the reader learns what her motivations where at the end of her life; her joys, her disappointments, and her fears. True, there are only a handful of photos (all black and white), but each one is a gem that captures Marilyn and her multi-faceted personality. Schiller brings her back to life through words and photos as no other writer has in the past.
Job well done!
The text is light and very pointed covering the interviews and photographs by Lawrence Schiller.
The pages are a bit over 11 x 16 (big book. You will not look at this in your lap. Some of the pictures, and there are about 100 plus) are outstanding. A few are double fold or quad fold pictures almost 45 inches in length.
The photograph used on the August 1962 Life magazine cover was almost worth the price of the book.
Because this is a collector's edition you will almost want to turn the pages with gloved hands.
I browsed the text and closed the book feeling very sad for Norma Jeane Mortenson (Marilyn Monroe). So many exploited her and in effect used her up. As she stated in the interview "I never wanted to be Marilyn--it just happened. Marilyn's like a veil I wear over Norma Jeane."
At least she will always be remembered as beautiful.