More than 200 Marilyn Monroe books have been written by various authors, but only a handful have managed to show the fragility and humanity alongside the glamour and mystery of the true Marilyn Monroe.
Combing through hundreds of press clippings, her autobiography, biographies, her film archives, and hundreds of Marilyn Monroe quotes and one-liners, author Lisa Daily pulls together a captivating picture of the magnetic star — Marilyn tells us in her own words about the dramatic details and the lifelong effects of her childhood trauma, her single-minded pursuit of Hollywood stardom, the men she fell in and out of love with, the Hollywood moguls who used her, what it was like to be the most desired sex symbol in the world, her eerie premonitions, the scandals and Hollywood feuds that plagued her, and her ache to be taken seriously as an artist.
Marilyn Monroe shares her thoughts on first meeting Joe DiMaggio, how she felt about Arthur Miller after he wrote The Misfits, her real thoughts on everyone from Jane Russell and Zsa Zsa Gabor to Clark Gable, and why she was afraid that fellow actor and John F. Kennedy brother-in-law Peter Lawford might be trying to kill her.
I’ve been a fanatic about all things Marilyn Monroe since the very first time I saw her on film, in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
when I was just nine years old. I was dazzled by her glamour, her ability to charm, how she could rule a room with barely a whisper, and most of all, the way she looked in that hot pink dress surrounded by men in tuxedos who alternately lifted her off her feet and offered up long strands of glittering stones in my favorite of all her musical numbers, Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend. As a writer, I’m still spellbound by her pitch perfect comedic timing, haunted by the bizarre set of circumstances surrounding her untimely death, and fascinated by the fact that she still mesmerizes us nearly 40 years after her death.