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another soldier boy
i begin a new dream
how i made a calendar
another love affair ends
P. 1
My Story

My Story

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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. In this intimate account of a very public life, she tells of her first (non-consensual) sexual experience, her romance with the Yankee Clipper, and her prescient vision of herself as "the kind of girl they found dead in the hall bedroom with an empty bottle of sleeping pills in her hand." The Marilyn in these pages is a revelation: a gifted, intelligent, vulnerable woman who was far more complex than the unwitting sex siren she portrayed on screen. Lavishly illustrated with photos of Marilyn, this special book celebrates the life and career of an American icon—-from the unique perspective of the icon herself.
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. In this intimate account of a very public life, she tells of her first (non-consensual) sexual experience, her romance with the Yankee Clipper, and her prescient vision of herself as "the kind of girl they found dead in the hall bedroom with an empty bottle of sleeping pills in her hand." The Marilyn in these pages is a revelation: a gifted, intelligent, vulnerable woman who was far more complex than the unwitting sex siren she portrayed on screen. Lavishly illustrated with photos of Marilyn, this special book celebrates the life and career of an American icon—-from the unique perspective of the icon herself.

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Publish date: 2006
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catfantastic_1 reviewed this
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This is a review regarding the illustrated edition of My Story, published in 2007 by Taylor Trade.In 1954, when she was twenty-eight and a newly successful star, Marilyn Monroe dictated her life story to writer Ben Hecht, however the book was not published, either because Marilyn changed her mind, or her (then) husband Joe DiMaggio objected to it. Hecht also felt that Marilyn was not completely honest, fantasizing and dramatizing, perhaps unintentionally, parts of her life. (This information is from Goddess: the Secret Lives of Marilyn Monroe by Anthony Summers). However, any Marilyn Monroe fan wants to read all of what she had to say for ourselves, and that is why I am so thrilled that Ben Hecht's transcriptions from those long, intimate interviews are available.My Story: Illustrated Edition is a an especial treat, being a completely beautiful book. The pages are large, bright and glossy and filled with brightly coloured, crisp, digitally restored photographs from the Milton H. Greene archives. The introduction by the photographer's son, Joshua Greene, discusses many of the photos in detail, though has curiously little to say about the text and does not mention the reasons it was not published until after her death. But perhaps we don't need that, anyway, perhaps it is good to just (for once) let Marilyn explain her own life, without the interpretations of the myriad of biographers who have, over the years, treated her either with pity or contempt. It is interesting that Marilyn's voice comes through so clearly in these pages, one can easily picture her dictating to Hecht. She has a remarkably clear way of describing places, people and events. At times, her story is sad, even heartbreaking (although anyone who is a fan of MM should expect as much) other times it is simply thrilling to "hear" Marilyn describe the intimate details of her life to you. Obviously, no Marilyn Monroe fan should be without a copy of this book, and I am very glad that Joshua Greene was involved with it, allowing readers a chance to see his father's stunningly beautiful photographs.
twothumbsdown reviewed this
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I never really cared for Marilyn Monroe before reading this book, but afterwards I'd consider myself a fan.It was interesting to read the way that she thought about things and at the same time it was kind of depressing. She had a pretty tragic childhood, but overall I was touched by this book. My one complaint is that it was too short. I would have liked to read more about what she had to say.
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