Marilyn Monroe: The Biography Paperback – 2 Jun 1994
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Based on her personal archive of over 35,000 pages of documents - including letters, diaries, billets doux and suicide notes - as well as extensive interviews with friends and colleagues, this biography of Marilyn Monroe rejects many myths about her dramatic childhood, her marriages, and her relationships with Hollywood moguls, politicians, poets, artists and statesmen. It also offers evidence of the truth behind her death.
About the Author
Donald Spoto was born near New York City in 1941 and received his PhD degree from Fordham University in 1970. He is the author of 27 books, including internationally bestselling biographies of Alfred Hitchcock, Tennessee Williams, Marlene Dietrich, Marilyn Monroe and Ingrid Bergman. He is married to the Danish school administrator and artist Ole Flemming Larsen. They live in a quiet village an hour's drive from Copenhagen.
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This poor woman was abused as a child - and had a terrible childhood. She went on to be abused, manipulated and violated as an adult. Fed off by the studios and their executives and at the prey of mindless and unfounded nonsense written and spoken about her. So many cashed in on her. So few actually knew her (or had even met her) and this book blows apart so many of the myths and highlights the great wrongs done to her. It’s very sad and made me angry. All that kindness and talent gone to waste by the age of 36.
I’d have liked a little more colour in the book. It’s pretty relentless with the facts and can seem a tiny bit dry at times. I’d have liked more details about the films she worked on. But cannot fault it on detailed content which really makes it the only book you need to read on this under valued woman.
For anyone interested in this iconic lady, it is a must have for your bookshelf.