Norma Jeane

eBook - 2013
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Gloria Steinem’s insightful and uniquely sensitive account of Hollywood’s brightest star from the Golden Age Few books have altered the perception of a celebrity as much as Marilyn. Gloria Steinem reveals that behind the familiar sex symbol lay a tortured spirit with powerful charisma, intelligence, and complexity. The book delves into a topic many other writers have ignored—that of Norma Jeane, the young girl who grew up with an unstable mother, constant shuffling between foster homes, and abuse. Steinem evocatively recreates that world, connecting it to the fragile adult persona of Marilyn Monroe. Her compelling text draws on a long, private interview Monroe gave to photographer George Barris, part of an intended joint project begun during Monroe’s last summer. Steinem’s Marilyn also includes Barris’s extraordinary portraits of Monroe, taken just weeks before the star’s death.
Publisher: New York : Open Road, [2013]
ISBN: 9781453295335
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Additional Contributors: Barris, George


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Apr 09, 2013

When I finished reading this book, I felt it was a bit unfinished. But I think that's forgivable given when it was written. I think that if you haven't read anything about Marilyn before, this is the book you want to start with. It covers most of the general information you can find on Marilyn online while providing some interesting segments here and there. The psychological segments were also interesting, both in reference to Marilyn and in general. It didn't take me that long to read, despite its size. Also, whoever ripped the three pages out of the book should punch themselves in the face. Really, even if you're donating the book to the library, that's just crappy.

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