- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Citadel; Reprint edition (April 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0806531231
- ISBN-13: 978-0806531236
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.5 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (214 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #659,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Marilyn: Her Life in Her Own Words: Marilyn Monroe's Revealing Last Words and Photographs Paperback – April 1, 2001
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The text is also highly interesting, containing the words of Marilyn herself as told to Barris. Like her ghost-written _My Story_, this book contains the fragments of Marilyn's life she saw fit to share at that time, and therefore captures her public mindset during the summer before her death more than anything I've read. For example: "When I was a small child, my fondest memories were being around my mother and her friends. It made me feel like we were one big happy family." And even sadder: "As far as I'm concerned, the happiest time of my life is now. There's a future, and I can't wait to get to it. It should be interesting." Barris' conclusion is that Monroe did not commit suicide, and reading her statements contained in this book, it's easy to see why. A beautiful representation of a beautiful woman (inside and out).
Any attempt to describe her career during her life, and the subsequent notoriety and attention to her image after her death, quickly becomes like describing the latest oil tanker, a study of superlatives. What is clear is that she was stunningly beautiful, quite intelligent, and rather troubled. However, much of the population of the United States is "rather troubled" and the vast majority do not commit suicide. Neither, believes Barris, did she, and nor do I.
This isn't a book on Marilyn Monroe's tragic death: it's a photo-essay centering on the last months of Monroe's life, a time when she was certainly in a state of change, but one in which she optimistically looked to the future. I suspect that is really Barris' motivation in publishing this collection, to establish that the memory of this woman, who he obviously had a great affinity with and affection for, should not be stigmatized as a suicide.
Although her life was taken from her at far too early an age, an age at which her best years were clearly ahead and which invites speculation on what she would have done in the decades to come-indeed,she might still be working, as Lauren Bacall still is and Tony Randall did up until December 2003-I think MM should be thought of as a success rather than a tragic victim.
These pictures are magnificent,a study in photographing people in general and women particularly, and technically astounding.Read more ›
The thing that I like the most about this book would have to be the way it was written. It was so well written and thought out that anyone could understand, relate, and get hooked on it. I felt as if I knew her and what she was going through, as if I had gone through the same challenges she had. I never thought that to be in showbiz you would have to work so hard to be successful. I always looked at it as an easy and fun job. In reality, it is just as hard, maybe even harder than any other job. Showbiz is actual hard work and not just fun.
What I disliked the most about this book would have to be the fact that they didn't talk that much about her career when she was successful. Although there is a list of movie credits and appearances at the end of the book, they really didn't get as much into detail about her career as I would of liked to know. The book did talk about her making it and then not making it over again. And then the last time she made it and stayed and that's when she began staring in the movies instead of 60 second clips that she was known for before. Not only that but the book also talked a lot about her marriages. I personally didn't care to know as much about her marriages as they told and then so little about her career.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's definitely used. I have a hard time giving it a better rating as much of Marilyn fan as I am because it was obviously owned by someone who was a heavy smoker. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Peter Armenta
I Love this book!!!! I was intrigued by story of her life. Very interesting and sad. Marilyn Monroe is & always will be BEAUTIFUL!!!!Published 2 months ago by Jennifer Esparza
First book I've read on Marilyn Monroe and while interesting I found the substance a bit lacking. Lots of beautiful photo's.Published 3 months ago by Tish Taylor
An excellent read if you like Marilyn. I liked that it was written by Gloria Steinem. Very tender.Published 5 months ago by Tori Frazier
Well written and interesting. Beautiful pictures of a beautiful womanPublished 5 months ago by A. Kelley