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Marilyn Monroe: Her Life in Pictures [Kindle Edition]

James Spada
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The fans favorite biography of Marilyn is available for the first time as an eBook! "Marilyn Monroe" is the only book to tell her amazing life story entirely in photographs. The 200+ pictures are from the legendary collection of George Zeno, the premier Marilyn collector in the world ("Marilyn in Fashion"), and the lively, anecdotal extended captions are written by the international bestselling biographer James Spada (Peter Lawford, Streisand, Grace Kelly.) This book, which the New York Daily News called “a labor of love,” was a Book-of-the-Month Club selection. The eBook edition includes a new introduction by James Spada.

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A pictorial biography of Marilyn Monroe chronicles the personal life and film career of the actress and captures the special qualities that made her a legendary star.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 16807 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Author & Company (20 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AR5H1U0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #301,000 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 20 Jan. 2013
By steph
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I couldn't put this down. The photos of Marilyn are superb and there are some I have never seen before. The camera truly loved Marilyn Monroe.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Emma 10 May 2013
By Emma
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Great pictures some I have never seen before!! Enjoyed reading what her colleagues thought of her. Would of loved to have like in her time!!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Anyway a good one, surely not one of the best 23 Oct. 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The book is aged, many of the pics are in b/w. Anyway a good one, surely not one of the best.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 13 Aug. 2014
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i love it
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Marilyn bio that I have come across 27 Oct. 1999
By A Customer - Published on
I fell in love with Marilyn through this (back in '92). It was the first Marilyn book I had ever come across, and even now, I still believe it to be the best Marilyn (photo) bio I have read. I am not a deep fan, and I haven't seen every Marilyn book around (there are many), but I have seen enough to say that this is the best, extensive Marilyn biography that I've seen. This book chronicles her life from her childhood to her tragic death. I found it all so facinating to see her grow up through these pictures, from toddler to adult (the way the camera had captured the expressions on her face are astounding). There are no messy conspiracy theories here (I've read enough of those books to recommend everyone to avoid them!). It just writes what was (and is) commonly known, so we aren't left thinking confusing questions that could become dated in years to come. The numerous pictures which make up the bulk of this book will speak for itself. Sensitively written, the paragraphs are captivating to read. I must confess that I had not seen a Marilyn movie before reading this. When I did get to see a few, I thought that Marilyn was beautiful, but I enjoyed this book upon her life, more! I am sad that this is not in current print (just yet). Maybe check it out through your local library first, but if you are like me, you'd want to get your own copy afterwards. It is a book that has held me captivated for a long time. It was very sad - I almost cried when I went through it from beginning to end. It took me ages reading the paragraphs but took even more just studying each picture. It is a sad story. I had always thought that she was a 'bimbo' before, but after reading this, it changed my perception. Her movies aren't what I personally watch, but this Marilyn bio has a place in my heart. I hope every Marilyn fan has/will come across this very special book. The next best book I recommend on Marilyn is the Gloria Steinman one (with pics by George Barris).
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most beautiful face ever captured by a camera lens 28 Feb. 2007
By L. Lukaszewicz - Published on
"Monroe: Her life in pictures" delivers no less than the other wonderful "life in pictures" books by James Spada. This is not an in depth literary study of her life. As the name implies, the pictures are the real story here. This is her life told through photographs.

The book is full of gorgeous b&w and color portraits, many full page, as well as snapshots and publicity photos, which follow her evolution from childhood through the last days of her life. Each is accompanied by either a quick caption or short story. There are plenty of amusing anecdotes, interesting vignettes, and memorable quotes, which as a whole give a good basic overview of her life and personality.

Sadly, this book is long out of print. I would recommend seizing the opportunity to buy a used copy when available. It is my most eclectic collection of MM photos and portraits gathered together in one book. A must have for any MM collection!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sympathy for the iconic star. 8 Jun. 2010
By genectarcomllc - Published on
This large format book (8 3/8 x 10 3/4 inches) is a photoessay of the life of the famous screen actress and model, Marilyn Monroe. There are photographs documenting all the phases of her brief life from her childhood in California, to her early struggles to become an actress, to her ascent to fame, driven by modeling and GI cover photographs as much as by her early screen appearances, to her hard-won triumph on the screen and her final descent. Flipping the pages of large black & white and color photographs, one is struck by her early native beauty and the transformation to another beauty made up for Hollywood. This transformation was planned by her handlers, but not without her full consent and understanding as she was driven to succeed. There are short, but insightful quotations from her directors, coaches and colleagues from film. All three of her ill-fated marriages are briefly covered. This book will bring a tear to one's eye when considering the story of the person and not just the icon.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVED IT!!!!! 24 Dec. 2012
By Stan Morris - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
This is one of the best Marilyn Monroe books ever! It tells her life story chronologically and with 200 great photographs, most of which I haven't seen before. It's fascinating to watch her, step by step, grow from skinny Norma Jeane Baker to model Norma Jeane Dougherty and then superstar Marilyn Monroe. When you see these photographs in order like this, it's so clear to see her life reflected in her eyes. The book is primarily about the public Marilyn, so there's not that much about the very private Marilyn here, and thankfully no speculation at all about her death. This is the Marilyn book that her fans will fall in love with!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of the very best! 29 Dec. 2012
By Mary Sims - Published on
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I remember finding this book in a large bookstore in a Mall in Minneapolis. I had no money at the moment, I mean, like $3 more than what the book cost in my checking account. It was such a dilemma and in the end I had to have it, broke or not. Later when I would do monthly trivia for IM, then based in Yahoo I used it every month. The book was used so much the pages began to fall out. I know it is a "Life in Pictures" book, but for me it is also one of the best books covering every significant moment in Marilyn's life, and accurately. Accurately in a pool of Marilyn books that hold so many errors and untruths. If you do not have this book, you need to have it. No Marilyn book collection is complete without it. I was so thrilled to Meet James Spada this Summer at IM's pool party. I never dreamed that would happen when I think back to buying that book that night, and all the years it has been my go-to book used to teach and inform Marilyn's fans in Immortal Marilyn since. And that's the truth!
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