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My Story [Hardcover]

Marilyn Monroe
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Book Description

28 Oct 2006
Written at the height of her fame but not published until over a decade after her death, this autobiography of actress and sex symbol Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962) poignantly recounts her childhood as an unwanted orphan, her early adolescence, her rise in the film industry from bit player to celebrity, and her marriage to Joe DiMaggio.

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing; Ill edition (28 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589793161
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589793163
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 18.3 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a necessary and eye opening read 5 Jan 2008
Format:Hardcover
There is nothing quite like having someone tell you their story. I was suprised by how 'good' this book is - if it can be rated in such a way. It reads as though Marilyn is talking to you. Thus, not perfectly presented, but this is the charm. She talks of topics which she obviously felt were of importance to her; and puts the record straight at times, as it were. It was a joy to read as well as emotional; to understand Marilyn as the person behind the image and her struggles. The photographs add an incredible visual aid also.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 5 May 2007
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A book written by a special lady and a beautiful person which comes though in the book written in her own words.

This book will carry you through Marilyn's childhood in poverty to her rise in fame and is illustrated with rare and lovely photos. I would recommend this book to anyone especially if you want to learn more about Marylin Monroe as a person which I feel shines through. I shall treasure my copy and certainly read it again.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars At last an edition that is superbly presented 13 July 2007
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Written at the height of her fame for a series of magazine articles in the
mid-50's with the help of Ben Hecht, this is a new version of the book
originally published over a decade after her death in 1974. It's Marilyn's
autobiography & poignantly recounts her childhood as an unwanted orphan, her
early adolescence, her rise in the film industry from bit player to
celebrity, and her marriage to Joe DiMaggio.
This edition has a new forward by Joshua Greene & it's beautifully
illustrated with his fathers photographs.
When I saw it I couldn't help but think that had this been published in the
1950's then it's just how Marilyn & Milton would have wished it to be like.
It's obvious Joshua has put a great deal of thought into the way the book
has been designed & compared to the original book, which had no pictures
inside at all this one is quite the opposite with pictures on every other
page. It's beautiful & reading it you can almost hear Marilyn's voice in
your head telling the story.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The true facts from Marilyn herself 25 Mar 2008
Format:Hardcover
I have read plenty of books about Marilyn, telling us all of her problems, with very little to back it up. With this book, you know your getting the truth, its straight from Marilyn herself. She wasn't just the 'dumb blonde' that 20th Century Fox wanted to show her as. She was an intelligent and sensitive person, and this book shows her in the best light. It makes her seem more human and less of a goddess, a more accessible and understandable character. By far the best book on Marilyn, because its BY Marilyn.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Story 31 Jan 2009
Format:Hardcover
I purchased this book for my 20 year old daughter, who just couldn't put it down, Infact, she didn't want it to end. Thoroughly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short and bittersweet - just like her life. 14 April 2011
Format:Hardcover
I'd read this some time ago, along with other books on Marilyn, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Unlike biographies, the subject she dictated the direction of its contents by speaking about what she felt was important at the time. I'm not sure where N Brant got the idea that this isn't Marilyn's work, and certainly those who have read some of her magazine interviews or have watched the programme aired recently which used the recordings made by her psychiatrist will no doubt pick up on some of her mannerisms. She's all sweet and coy (Norma Jean) and then lets loose that full-on sex symbol persona (Marilyn) and dazzles everyone.

Probably one of the few screen sirens who was loved by women as well as men, and whose presence could light up the screen simply by lifting her head and smiling...this work gives an all too brief insight into one of the most unforgettable screen actresses of the 20th Century.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very sad read..even 50 years after her death. 19 Nov 2010
By Zara
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This is heartfelt, emotional and seemingly honest account from Marilyn about her memories from early childhood and thoughts on life as she was living it at the time. She comes across as intelligent, witty and self-deprecating and when reading it I felt almost as if I was invading her privacy. The photos are breathtaking, as you would expect, and the writer references them cleverly in the introduction, giving them a context which is sometimes surprising.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marilyn, in her own words... 8 April 2008
Format:Hardcover
Lately I have been on a Marilyn Monroe reading Jag (I do recommend "Misfits Country" about the making of the classic movie "The Misfits") that was brought on by watching most of her films. This book offers unique insights as it is Marilyn in her own words. She covers everything from her early childhood, to her rise to stardom, and her rocky marriage to Joltin Joe DiMaggio. There are nuggets here that explain much about how she went from Norma Jean to Marilyn Monroe, and some interesting foresight as to her demise. The books only weakness is that it is way to short, there is so much more I wanted to hear Marilyn talk about....
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it.
I never knew that such a book existed, i just had to get it. Marilyn's inner most thoughts & feelings penned by her own hand, she leaps out at you from the page. Read more
Published 6 hours ago by Lucian
2.0 out of 5 stars ok
Interesting in some areas, but poor ending. Milton Greene could have finished it off with at least a bit of history after Korea!!
Published 5 days ago by Miss E Richmond
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
Finally a book only made out of Marilyn's own diary. Touching and true, she wrote exactly like she talked. Must read.
Published 1 month ago by Marion
5.0 out of 5 stars i loved it
I read a sample of this first, but was just fuelled by curiosity I had to purchase it. to see the world the way Marilyn did was brilliant. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Alexandra Mosko
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought for a friend
My friend loves Marilyn Monroe and was chuffed to get this book as a gift. However, as having not read it myself I cannot comment on the content.
Published 3 months ago by Sophie
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Great book if you love Marilyn Monroe and want to know more about her life. I had read the reviews before buying it and so knew it was very much written in her voice and so was... Read more
Published 3 months ago by jo nicholls
5.0 out of 5 stars My Story
I bought this for my daughter but I had to have a sneak peak! She loves this book, the pictures, the detail of the content. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ronda
3.0 out of 5 stars umm won't read it again
I liked learning about Marilyn Monroe life but i found this book quite depressing... i definitely won't read it again.
Published 3 months ago by Congré Chanella
3.0 out of 5 stars Feel it's unfinished
I understand that the biography would be incomplete but I assumed that the book would try and be completed with encounters of Marilyn. Quite disappointed.
Published 3 months ago by Kat D
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book. True Marilyn
My first book I have bought about Marilyn Monroe and I am so glad I picked this one. As this is told by Marilyn herself I find this so engaging and interesting to read as these are... Read more
Published 3 months ago by hannahd
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