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Conversations with Marilyn / W. J. Weatherby Hardcover – 1976


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  • Hardcover: 229 pages
  • Publisher: New York : Mason/Charter; 2nd printing edition (1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 088405148X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0884051480
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,506,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jalapeno1000 on 19 May 2004
Format: Hardcover
Basically this book is like sitting in on some conversations with Marilyn Monroe circa 1961. Even though Weatherby is a journalist, the conversations in this book are of brief 'off-the-record' talks as friends where they chatted informally. Since Weatherby is very good at translating the nature of a conversation to the page it is an interesting read.
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By A Customer on 8 Mar. 2004
Format: Paperback
Basically this book is like sitting in on some conversations with Marilyn Monroe circa 1961. Even though Weatherby is a journalist, the conversations in this book are of brief 'off-the-record' talks as friends where they chatted informally. Since Weatherby is very good at translating the nature of a conversation to the page it is an interesting read.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A must-have for MM collectors! 20 Mar. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The author knew Marilyn and liked her very much. He first met her during the filming of "The Misfits." Later, he would meet her in a NYC bar and discuss all types of subjects, from MM's lovers, her views on civil rights, her compassion and kindness towards her fans, her future, her secret affair with a famous politician (she didn't reveal the name). This is one of the best books ever written about MM because the English author is careful to remain objective. This is NOT a kiss and tell biography and that makes it more valuable to the MM fan. Don't miss this one!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Marilyn Monroe 12 Mar. 2007
By C. Shanders - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I agree with Kyle Wagner. I just finished this book last night and I was glad to have read it. I've been a huge fan of hers for the past 8 or so years, and I've never come across it. I like the fact that this was closer to the end of her life when she wasn't trying so hard with journalists. It seems like in her earlier days she tried to hard to fit the "Marilyn" type she had created. This book shows more of her, Norma Jean.

I also found it cute and interesting how he played hard to get with her, not trying to talk to her.

After so many years of being a fan, it's nice to read something about her. I now feel like I know her and all her insecurities, emotions, and even the joking side of her.

I have long known that she was never the "dumb blonde" that was portrayed on screen and often found myself having to defend her to friends and family. At least this book gives me proof.

I highly recommend this book and feel it is a most to any Marilyn Monore fan.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Interesting book about an icon 21 Jun. 2010
By Charles - Music Lover - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
First, let me say that I am not a die-hard Marilyn Monroe fan. I have scanned over the other reviews (all rated 5-stars), and I have to disclose that I have not read a lot about her. So coming from that perspective, I do not have the breadth of comparisons that other reviewers seem to have about Monroe related volumes.

In and of itself, I found "Conversations With Marilyn" to be a curious, sometimes odd, and slightly meandering volume. Weatherby met Monroe while covering the filming of "The Misfits" and they had several extensive conversations following the film's shooting, with the understanding that Weatherby would not use the material at the present time. Before the in-depth interactions with Monroe actually begin in the second half of the book, Weatherby discusses conversations he had with Clark Gable (Monroe's co-star in "The Misfits"), Arthur Miller (Monroe's husband and "Misfits" screenwriter), Lee Strasberg, Paula Strasberg, and Clifford Odets.

Monroe's conversations with Weatherby range from literature to the civil rights movement. The main underpinnings of the conversations are Monroe's efforts to find herself, to reconcile her dramatic ambitions with that of her movie star/sex symbol realities. Monroe emerges as a likable, intelligent, and multi-faceted individual. The book sheds no new light on her reported connections with the Kennedys, but only underscores the mysteries that comprised the last year of her life, and the unanswered questions about her death.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A different Side to Marilyn! 29 April 2010
By Andre Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I just finished this book and have always wanted to get my hands on it and read about the conversations of Marilyn with someone that she to a very large extent trusted with casual encounters and conversations of the things going on in her life and in the countr at the time. It was heart warming and reassuring to know that beneth the movie star was a sensitive, sweet, angry, moody woman, in other words a real human being. As her make up artist Whitey once said of her, "She was the only one of them that was human." And after reading this she really was, it makes me wonder just what she could have done had she lived on.
This is a great addition to anyone that is as big a fan as i am to your Monroe Library.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Kind of boring... 12 July 2012
By kelelizabeth1979 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I've read quite a few books about Marilyn Monroe, and this was not as great as others. The "conversations" do not even start until somewhere about page 50. A lot of emphasis on Arthur Miller, her third husband. It just seemed to go on and on and it couldn't keep my interest. Some nice things said, but if you read the book "Goddess", most of the things Weatherby is quoted as saying in that book are the few conversations that he had with her. Not all bad, being that I bought it used for a really low price. Not worth much more though. Just another addition to my Marilyn collection.
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