- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Dutton; 1st Ed. edition (February 1, 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1556111797
- ISBN-13: 978-1556111792
- Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 6.8 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,327,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mmii: The Return of Marilyn Monroe Hardcover – February 1, 1991
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Further reading by Sam Staggs: "All About 'All About Eve'" and "When Blanche Met Brando." Great stuff, all of it.
Staggs certainly knows a lot about Marilyn -- from the layout of her house to her friends and enemies, and it seems nearly everything in between. However, he obviously did not know Marilyn herself. Some of my dearest friends, who were actors in Hollywood at the same time, thought she was a smart, funny, and ambitious woman -- not the vapid, neurotic, and ridiculous character Staggs describes. The vulnerability and supposed haze of confusion in "Norma Jean" is built up to such an extent that reading the book became a negative experience -- perhaps because it was such a mistaken potrayal.
The foundation for the work is a good one, but I was sorely disappointed in the final product.
Unlike many of the biographies and fiction about the popular blond actress, Sam Stagg's novel carries some hope with it and shows the smarter, less self-absorbed side of Miss Monroe that is rarely given much press. The author works from the idea that Monroe didn't really die that infamous day in August of 1962; instead her body was substituted with one closely resembling hers.
Staggs does link Monroe with the Kennedys (they arrange for her to be kidnapped and have the body switch made), but once she escapes from her abductors and seeks out life in the big city under an assumed name, the novel takes on a tone that is more positive and less sensational.
For Marilyn Monroe fans who always thought she was more than just a dumb blonde (that she could indeed have played Grushenka in "The Brothers Karamazov"), THE RETURN OF MM is pure delight! Some of the scenes are just wonderful, especially one where she enters a Marilyn Monroe look-a-like contest a few years after her "death."